After working with the likes of Michael Hutchence, Sophie B. Hawkins, Tears for Fears, Joan Osborne and more notably David Bowie, singer/songwriter and bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, delivers her first solo album in over ten years. She coins her latest sound as a " present day version of the 60's and 70's AM/FM radio tunes that left a thumb print on her musical psyche" or "Black-arach", referring to her zeal for Burt Bacharach arrangements. Whatever it may be, "I used to be" explicitly illustrates the highly honed depth of Dorsey's creative vision and ingeniously circumscribes her life and musical experience and sagacity.
"Netherlands, This Time (Barely Alive) whether you are the One and The Big Decision," are not only prime examples of Dorsey's intelligent and poetry-like lyrics, but also embody her notable capacity as a songwriter and musician. While a great majority of "I Used to be" is rather easy listening, it is far from lacking in spunk as "The Fool" to give one example, brings on some bluesy funk that diversifies and spices up Dorsey's message and artistic direction. Without a doubt, many of the songs on this CD are worthy of commercial radio play but they also display an unbreakable commitment to writing music for art's sake. Considering the nature of the music world today, Gail Ann Dorsey can definitely be aligned with a relatively small bunch of artists that maintain the creative integrity of contemporary pop music.