Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Dala's 2007 Canadian release, "Who do you think You Are" brings the listener back to Dala's simpler and more pop-oriented sounds. Warm and hauntingly ethereal and full of folk-pop sensibilities, the award-winning Canadian duo Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, better known as Dala, have established a completely signature sound, abundant with playful harmonies and creative, hook-driven melodies. Reminiscent of early Sarah McLachlan with a semi-Celtic adult contemporary appeal, Dala continues to grow as North American folk sweethearts. With five consecutive Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Folk Group as well as many other accolades, Dala is a favorite in the US Festival circuit with recent appearances including New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and a repeat appearance at The Newport Folk Festival. They have also appeared on syndicated radio including Mountain Stage, NPR's Folk Alley and World Café.
"The definitively Canadian duo... has an ear for pop hooks, but writes songs that sound warm and comfortable played on an acoustic guitar with little ornamentation." - NPR Music
"Ontario's Dala are so charming in every other way it hurts." - Edmonton Sun
"Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are poised to bring their harmonies and fresh brand of acoustic pop to the world." - The Post (Ontario)
Personnel: Amanda Walther (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Sheila Carabine (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Mike Roth (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, percussion); Michael Carabine (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Maria Jacobsson (harp); Kevin Fox (cello); Andrew Carabine (pan flute); Adrian Vanelli (drums, percussion); Tim Walther (tambourine).
Audio Mixer: Kevin Doyle .
Recording information: Memphis' Basement; Orange Studios; Quintessential Sound.
Photographer: Dominic Jalsevac.
Warm, soothing and very relaxing, Dala could be mistaken for a group that might have appeared on Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair odyssey. The core duo of Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine shine on the touching and ethereal opening title track. The pop sensibilities are ever present during the poppy "Anywhere Under the Moon" which resembles a cross between Canadian band Shaye and Sheryl Crow. The lone miscue might be how abrupt the tune concludes, but it's still quite good. Fans of Stevie Nicks or the Dixie Chicks would also lap up a stellar roots-oriented lullaby entitled "Sunday Dress." The band definitely plays to its strengths of great harmonies and great melodies during the pop-folk of "Marilyn Monroe" and the haunting "Hockey Sweater" with a subtle guitar in the distance, somewhat resembling Cowboy Junkies if lead singer Margo Timmins ever opted for a solo career. And while there are several jewels offered up, perhaps the cream of this sonic crop is the stunning "The Sweetest Ones," which is almost criminally sweet. A close second is the well-crafted "Perfect Photo" with its adult contemporary flavoring. ~ Jason MacNeil