EDWARD ROGERS – Kaye

Album: Kaye

Artist: Edward Rogers

Label: Zip Records

Release Date: July 08, 2014

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BY LEE ZIMMERMAN

Unabashedly inspired by the late English eccentric Kevin Ayers, British-born, New York-based auteur Edward Rogers’ fifth solo album (not including the pair he recorded as part of the chamber pop trio Bedsit Poets) is, in turn, his most experimental effort yet. Having established himself as a prime purveyor of Brit pop pageantry, Kaye find Edwards making some dramatic departures, all in homage to Ayers’ own spirit of adventure. He also enlists an all-star ensemble — James Mastro (Bongos), Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks, Cracker), Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs), Don Fleming, Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor),Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys) and producer Don Piper — to provide the variety of textures, helping add to the album’s intrigue.

It’s an overcast ambiance that shadows such songs as the aptly named “Fear of the Unknown,” “Worry for the World” and the utterly psychedelic “Peter Pans Dream,” while the heady narrative “My Street” practically begs for the overly arched delivery Roger Daltrey might muster. Ironically though, the one song actually penned by Ayers, “After the Show,” frolics along with a playful posture more in keeping with Rogers’ own earlier endeavors. He also bows to other precursors of the Brit variety as well — David Bowie on the swinging “Street Fashion” and Ian Hunter on the taut “What Happened To The News Today,” chief among them. No worries though, Rogers remains an original, a man who puts his own definitive stamp on everything he does, even while knowingly paying tribute to a host of pop predecessors.

DOWNLOAD: “My Street,” “Street Fashion,” “After the Show”

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