whomanfoursays

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Whomanfoursays
Dalbello-whomanfoursays-original-vinyl-black-logo.jpeg
Studio album by
Released1984
Recorded1984
StudioPhase One Studios, Toronto
Genre
Length42:19
LabelCapitol
ProducerLisa Dalbello, Mick Ronson
Dalbello chronology
Drastic Measures
(1981)
Whomanfoursays
(1984)
She
(1987)
Alternative cover
CD version cover
CD version cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Whomanfoursays is the fourth studio album by Canadian musician Dalbello. It is Dalbello's first concept album. Lisa Dalbello describes its concept as "[a collection of] songs about relationships with people that sometimes are forced into molds, that they don't know that they can break out of. These are stories about people that are trying to become the people that they really wanna be."

Album information[edit]

Vinyl cover with white logo

The album was released in 1984, which marked a change in direction in her musical career, away from the soul R&B image of her previous albums and toward a more individual and avant-garde sound. Dalbello wrote every track herself, and changed her recording name from Lisa Dal Bello to her last name only. Musician Mick Ronson, who collaborated extensively to the project, produced the album with her; all instruments were played by either or both of them.

The title is a homophone for the words "human forces". The original vinyl album cover features in either black or white the name in faux Cyrillic letters; on the CD version, this was replaced with regular uppercase lettering. Lisa's face is featured on the cover in tribal warpaint.

Three songs from this album were covered by notable artists: "Gonna Get Close to You" by progressive metal band Queensrÿche on Rage for Order (1986), "Wait for an Answer" by Heart on Bad Animals (1987), and "Animal" by German metal band Heavens Gate on Planet E (1996).

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gonna Get Close to You"Lisa Dalbello4:29
2."Devious Nature"Lisa Dalbello4:01
3."She Pretends"Lisa Dalbello4:31
4."Wait for an Answer"Lisa Dalbello5:38
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Animal"Lisa Dalbello4:01
2."Cardinal Sin"Lisa Dalbello4:06
3."Guilty By Association"Lisa Dalbello3:34
4."Path of Least Resistance"Lisa Dalbello5:56
5."Target (My Eyes Are Aimed At You)"Lisa Dalbello6:03

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Mick Ronson & Dalbello
  • Engineered By Lenny Rose; additional engineering by Mick Walsh & Kevin Markland
  • Mixed By Dalbello, Lenny Rose & Mick Ronson
  • Mastered By George Marino
  • Deborah Samuel — photography
  • Joe Primeur — assistant
  • Heather Brown — art direction and design
  • Hand lettering by Mary Margaret O'Hara
  • "This album was recorded with the Hughmann technique"
  • All Songs Published By Dalbello Toonz.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Certification Sales
Canadian Albums Chart[2] 96

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Dalbello - whomanfoursays Canadian chart positions". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2010-02-26.