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Vanessa Daou / Press

“Imagine the voice of Yoko Ono merged with that of a typical French style nymphet - Françoise Hardy - year 1960, or a strange encounter between Sade and Laurie Anderson...”

“Light Sweet Crude creates its own mauve desert of fortitude and danger, a vast space where night and emotion slowly descend like music, existential dramas you can dance to.”

“Vanessa Daou explores noirish house music on "Light Sweet Crude (Act One: Hybrid).”

Courier Journal

“Daou is a poet by design and Light Sweet Crude... is her most lyrically ambitious project to date.”

“Vanessa Daou has dropped a trippy slice of chill-out...”

“On her seventh solo album, the Virgin Islands native continues mixing jazz, pop, dance-floor action and intelligent sexuality and sensuality.”

Journal Sentinel

“Light Sweet Crude never loses its groove or sensuality. Whether it is her vocal's timing, her phrasing of lyrics or captivating me in her music's rhythm, once again Daou is simply spellbinding.”

"BY GOD that video.....her vocals....my ears orgasm to it. See, this is why Vanessa Daou will always be a classic."

“Daou's ghostly vocals billow and swirl like a thick, phosphorous dream.”

“...Joe Sent Me is different, creating a gently strange portal between now and then, constructing a distinctive world of its own but without sacrificing the depth of insight into what makes a heartbeat.”

“Vanessa Daou's Jazz an Pop make an exhilarating mix.”

TIME

“Consequences: The lyrics are suggestive and the visuals are nothing short of invigorating. Fans of Portishead, Massive Attack, Artemis and Divasonic take note...”

“Daou’s otherworldly headspace is so compellingly dreamlike, it's inescapable.”

“If Louis Malle were alive and making films, this would be the soundtrack."”

Collin Kelly - Modern Confessional

“Daou's music is hypnotic, European in consciousness with a steamy Latin quality. It's quite something.”

“Part smooth jazz, part experimental folk - Miss Daou paints an aural portrait of a smoky basement lounge where a sexy poetess performs side by side with a sensual chanteuse.”

“Continuing to morph her artistic approach with minimalism and spoken word, Joe Sent Me is a comeback for Daou that ought to be celebrated.”

“Think of the smoky torchiness of someone like Sade, and then apply it to what it might sound like recording your girlfriend as she achieves multiple orgasms and you begin to get the idea here.”

“Electronica, smooth jazz, drum-and-bass. Poet, chanteuse, painter. Vanessa Daou is one artist who thrives on not being pigeonholed.”

“On an album where grime and elegance rub shoulders, Daou fosters a musical space where her electro-grooves and acoustic set-ups coalesce.”

“Her songs are not attacks but rather invitations, even flirtations, to sensual involvement.”

“Her throaty wail on songs like "Consequenses" is a seduction made-to-order.”

“When it comes to pure out and out eroticism, no one has ever communicated this as perfectly as Vanessa Daou did on her tragically slept on, Erica Jong-inspired album Zipless.”

"Black&White" mp3jackpot winner: "...a collage of slow-burning smoky jazz, hazy Delta Blues, radiant electronic pop, and sultry soul you hope you'd find in a lounge in Paris."

“On Vanessa Daou's Joe Sent Me, sultry vocals fit comfortably with beats that are easy to dance to. Daou's voice, evocative of chanteuses Sade and Anggun, is by far the standout element of this album.”

“Her music oozes sensuality, suggests forbidden pleasures, and promises a very enjoyable, safely hedonistic time indeed where the lights are dim and the outline of entwined bodies writhe in slo-mo. ...”

“...a real world of music and poetry to a new dimension of electronica: electroerotica. [Joe Sent Me] is so powerfully erotic that made me replace Sade’s "Love is stronger then pride" and discard all the mediocre lazy Sunday afternoon lovers.”

“Joe Sent Me is amazing. The music reminds me of Miles Davis’ score for Elevator to the Gallows, and the spoken word element is really strong here; much more so than on the other records.”

“Imagine Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell on a date, entering a folk club only to discover its turned into an avant-garde underground club. Jazz, dance, folk and rock mingle and become indistinguishable...”

URB

“Gentlemen, forget those Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye records. This is an eargasm to truly be appreciated. ”

“Vanessa Daou's breathy whisper-singing is so perfectly suited to this sultry after-hours serenade.”

“Best of 2008 - Sensual and poetic texts, languorous electro-jazz of an almost palpable softness, Joe Sent Me feel is a small marvel in its genre.”

Discordance - France

“[S]eriously worthy of your attention is the latest album from erotic torch-singer/songwriter/nu-jazz icon Vanessa Daou, "Joe Sent Me"... I have followed Vanessa's music avidly over the years, and this album is her best to date.”

Gary Lucas Blog

“[L]aid back blues princess, sexual tease, and gossamer aroma in sound. Daou's style is her own and it's consistently recognizable.”

Ken Micallef, Better Living Through MP3

"Fusing jazz, pop, dance grooves, and sexually explicit lyrics, Vanessa Daou may be one of the most daring new artists of the 20th century."

All Music Guide

“...this woman puts sexiness into everything she sings.”

Windy City Times

“Vanessa Daou's breathy, intimate vocals stride clear across the jazz-inflected dance pop of Slow to Burn. Daou's flow is embellished by the deft, insinuating rhythms of the music.”

VIBE

“[Vanessa's] smoky whisper is vulnerability itself, pure late-night allure that is chilling because it acts as a spectral knife-edge, both empowering and dangerous.”

music.com

“When she sings ”cool sex” in that smooth, intimate voice of hers, almost whispering into your ear, well, it does funny things to you... Steamy and emotional in equal parts. ”

Mixer

“Utterly sublime, music that can beam across the biggest dancefloor, soothe an upper east side soiree or provide the backdrop to a transcontinental cinematic drive... ”

Paper

“Being the groundbreaking artist that she is, Vanessa was one of the first artists to sell merchandise through her Web site.”

Windy City Times

“...as tantric and seductive as breathing underwater.”

Bikini Magazine

“Her subliminal psycho-sexual innuendos are not for the faint of heart but they take you where you want to go - to that turned-on state of musical nirvana.”

mwe3.com

“Vital Pop is a list of 50 of the most essential pop albums...”

Slant Magazine

“Combining elements of jazz, blues, and alternative, Vanessa Daou has emerged as one of the most musical and provocative vocalists on the pop scene.”

KCRW

“On her fourth solo album, [Vanessa Daou] continues to follow the beat of her own drum, bucking the norm for her own artistic integrity. Drawing from electronic, pop, and jazz, Make You Love drips with romance, sensuality, and much love.”

Billboard