Pines (album)

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Studio album by A Fine Frenzy
Released October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 67:42
Label Virgin
A Fine Frenzy chronology
A Fine Frenzy Live at the House of Blues Chicago
(2009)A Fine Frenzy Live at the House of Blues Chicago2009
Singles from Pines
  1. "Now is the Start"
    Released: July 30, 2012[2]

Pines is the third and final studio album by A Fine Frenzy, the stage name for American singer-songwriter Alison Sudol. The album was released in the United States on October 9, 2012 and in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2013 through Virgin Records.[1][3] Pines is accompanied by a companion book and short animated film, 'The Story of Pines,' which premiered on TakePartTV on October 2.[4][5]

To support the album, Sudol co-headlined the "Live and In Concert" tour throughout the United States and western Canada in October and November 2012 with musician Joshua Radin.[6]


Pines contains thirteen original tracks, each written or co-written by Sudol, and totals 67 minutes, 47 seconds in length.[1] In an interview with Anthropologie, Sudol stated that "the entire record is a story, and each song is a chapter that leads into the next."[7]



The song "Now Is the Start" was released as the lead single for "Pines" in July 30, 2012.[8] Sudol performed the song live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 3, 2012.[9][10] The accompanying music video was released on November 15, 2012.[11]

Other songs

In addition, a music video for "Avalanches", a promotional single for "Pines", was released on October 9 to coincide with the album's release date. To date, lyric videos for both "Now Is The Start" and "Avalanches" have been posted to A Fine Frenzy's official YouTube account.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[12]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[13]
EY Magazine 4/5 stars[14]

Reviews for "Pines" have been generally positive. Maggie Levin of praised the quality of Sudol's writing and commented that "aptly, there is as much forest as longing in this record," concluding that "the journey is as diverse as it is exquisite, with moments of solemn austerity cleverly offset by felicitous rapture."[15] Caitlin White of also gave the album a favorable review in her interview of Sudol, writing "Pines manages to combine the real world with the world of imagination in a very tangible way."[16] Consequence of Sound awarded the album three out of five stars, asserting that "Pines" is "double-edged walk through the woods," and the album reflects "the sound of growing up."[12] James Christopher Monger of gave "Pines" four stars out of five, praising Sudol's successful integration of natural themes and emphasizing that "Sudol is a masterful architect of atmosphere" and her songs "all benefit from her ability to balance musicality with austerity, and like the rivers she draws much of her inspiration from, blissfully follow a course to the ocean of their own design."[13] EY Magazine also awarded "Pines" four stars out of five, calling the album "authentic music" and remarking that "A Fine Frenzy releases the kind of music you’re not only compelled to listen but dared to feel in your soul."[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Pinesong" Alison Sudol, Omar Velasco 7:43
2. "Winds of Wander" Sudol 6:05
3. "Avalanches (Culla's Song)" Sudol 3:31
4. "Riversong" Sudol 7:46
5. "The Sighting" Sudol, Velasco 4:59
6. "Dream in the Dark" Sudol, Jonathon Wilson 3:20
7. "Sailingsong" Sudol 4:25
8. "Sadseasong" Sudol, Jesse Siebenberg 6:10
9. "They Can't If You Don't Let Them" Sudol 4:57
10. "Dance of the Grey Whales" Sudol 2:50
11. "It's Alive" Sudol 3:45
12. "Now Is the Start" Sudol 4:46
13. "Untitled (Grasses Grow)" Sudol 7:25

Track listing adapted from Allmusic.[1]


Charts Peak
US Billboard 200[17] 62
US Billboard Digital Albums[17] 20
US Billboard Rock Albums[17] 28


Date City Country Venue
October 11, 2012[18] Santa Rosa California, United States Wells Fargo Center
October 12, 2012[19] San Francisco California, United States The Warfield
October 13, 2012[20] Newport Beach California, United States Balboa Beach Fest
October 16, 2012[21] Portland Oregon, United States Crystal Ballroom
October 17, 2012[22] Vancouver Canada Vogue Theater
October 18, 2012 Seattle Washington, United States City Arts Festival
October 20, 2012 Edmonton Canada McDougall United Church
October 21, 2012 Calgary Canada Knox United Church
October 23, 2012 Winnipeg Canada Garrick Center
October 25, 2012 Minneapolis Minnesota, United States Mill City Nights
October 26, 2012 Chicago Illinois, United States Vic Theatre
October 27, 2012 Detroit Michigan, United States Majestic Theatre
October 29, 2012 New York City New York, United States Best Buy Theatre
October 30, 2012 Philadelphia Pennsylvania, United States Electric Factory
November 1, 2012 Toronto Canada Danforth Music Hall
November 2, 2012 Montreal Canada Corona Theatre
November 3, 2012 Boston Massachusetts, United States Orpheum Theatre
November 5, 2012 Charlottesville Virginia, United States Paramount Theatre
November 7, 2012 Durham North Carolina, United States Carolina Theatre
November 8, 2012 Atlanta Georgia, United States Buckhead Theatre
November 9, 2012 Nashville Tennessee, United States Marathon Music Works
November 10, 2012 Birmingham Alabama, United States Workplay Soundstage
November 12, 2012 Houston Texas, United States House of Blues
November 13, 2012 Austin Texas, United States Paramount Theatre
November 14, 2012 Dallas Texas, United States House of Blues
November 16, 2012 Los Angeles California, United States Wiltern

Tour listing adapted from A Fine Frenzy's official live page.[23]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pines". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 2013-03-02. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Now is the Start by A Fine Frenzy". Spotify. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ Archived January 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Joshua Radin maps tour with A Fine Frenzy". Boston Music Spotlight. August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Watch ‘The Story of Pines’ on TakePart TV Archived January 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Upcoming gigs: Joshua Radin/A Fine Frenzy, Crystal Castles, etc.". Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Postmedia Network. August 1, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ Alison is Anthropologie’s newest Push Play Project Artist! Archived October 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Graves, Shahlin (July 27, 2012). "A Fine Frenzy – listen to new song, 'Now Is The Start'". coup de main. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Wednesday, October 3, 2012". NBC. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ Graves, Shahlin. "A FINE FRENZY - 'NOW IS THE START' LIVE ON JAY LENO.". coup de main. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ Now Is The Start Archived March 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ a b Koellner, Amanda (October 5, 2012). "Album Review: A Fine Frenzy – Pines". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on 2014-01-21. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Pines - A Fine Frenzy | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic Archived March 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ a b Music Review: A Fine Frenzy “Pines” | EMBRACE YOU Archived January 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ A Fine Frenzy – PINES | High Fidelity Archived January 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ AOL Radio - Listen to Free Online Radio - Free Internet Radio Stations and Music Playlists Archived August 9, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ a b c
  18. ^ Twitter / AlisonSudol: Hey Santa Rosa! Do you want
  19. ^ Twitter / AlisonSudol: Do you want free tickets to
  20. ^ Twitter / AlisonSudol: Hey Newport Beach! We've hidden
  21. ^ Twitter / SquarePegNW: TONIGHT
  22. ^ Twitter / AlisonSudol: Hey Vancouver! We've hidden
  23. ^ Live Archived December 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

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