Following up her widely acclaimed debut album One Cell In the Sea, piano songstress Alison Sudol bears her heart amidst rose petals and thorns with the captivating Bomb in a Birdcage. Really, that metaphor says it all — flowing through the veins of her airy pop vocals and flowing, ethereal piano work is no shortage of outside-the-box creative jet fuel. “Electric Twist” bounces along with an atmospheric groove reminiscent of Coldplay and U2, while “Happier” soars over assured acoustic and electric piano work, uplifting synth textures, and just the right amount of gritty guitar to dirty things up beautifully. Good luck pressing “stop” once you’ve started listening to this one — just spin the disc and enjoy the explosion. (Virgin, virginrecords.com )
MIRACLE IN A BOX: A PIANO REBORN Directed by John Korty
Every piano has a story, but the one in this absorbing documentary is particularly inspiring.