New Kelly Hogan LP Streaming at NPR

 

I Like To Keep Myself in Pain released next week on Anti- label.

By Blurt Staff

The new Kelly Hogan solo album is streaming at NPR Music as part of their “First Listen Series” – just head right over here to give it a spin. Meanwhile, here’s what our reviewer had to say about the record in the new print issue of BLURT:

A
charter member of Chicago’s
insurgent scene-along with Jon Langford, Sally Timms and other rootsy
raconteurs-as well as a constant on Neko Case’s albums and tours, Kelly Hogan
hasn’t found a genre she can’t conquer. It’s little surprise then to find her covering
songs by other alt all-stars: Langford, the Handsome Family, Andrew Bird, John
Wesley Harding, Robbie Fulks, Vic Chesnutt, M. Ward and Robyn Hitchcock
included. It’s an A-list of contributors for sure, but what’s most impressive
is how Hogan makes each offering her own, be it the soulful styling of “Dusty
Groove,” “Ways Of This World” and the title track, the torch song swoon of “Whenever
You’re Out Of My Sight” or the blues she croons on “Pass On By.” Even so, all’s
in sync, due not only to Hogan’s bewitching vocals, but also because the presence
of R&B greats Booker T. Jones and James Gadson ensures an unmistakable air
of authenticity. And when Hogan gets playful on “Slumber’s Symphony” or builds
to a rousing refrain on “Plant White Roses,” whatever pain remains quickly
disappears.

 

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