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Dot Allison, Rough Trade East

Dot Allison, Rough Trade East

Ex-One Dove singer debuts new album

Dot Allison was the big crush of my late teens. As the singer for Glaswegian E-comedown country-dub balladeers One Dove, her platinum bob and ruby lips, and ability to play otherworldly waif and sussed raver at the same time, made her seem impossibly glamorous – and even more importantly, the breathy purity of her voice as she sang “and where it is dark, there are ghosts / that give me hope” (in "White Love" – perhaps the greatest lost pop song of the 1990s) soothed me through endless adolescent traumas.

Dot Allison was the big crush of my late teens. As the singer for Glaswegian E-comedown country-dub balladeers One Dove, her platinum bob and ruby lips, and ability to play otherworldly waif and sussed raver at the same time, made her seem impossibly glamorous – and even more importantly, the breathy purity of her voice as she sang “and where it is dark, there are ghosts / that give me hope” (in "White Love" – perhaps the greatest lost pop song of the 1990s) soothed me through endless adolescent traumas.

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Well, I'm staggered. I had completely written off Room 71/2 without even listening to it, the presence of *those* collaborators surely signposting it as a piece of witless artlessness, the work of someone who no longer had any desire to blur genres as deliciously as she once did (as well as One Dove, I loved Mo'Pop and the first solo album when they came out). I was so angry that I even took the faded and peeling picture of Dot Allison off my bedroom wall. My girlfriend had been complaining about it for years anyway. I really should give it a listen, shouldn't I?

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