Kelly Hogan – I Like To Keep Myself In Pain

January 01, 1970



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 (originally from Atlanta,
incidentally) 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.


DOWNLOAD: “Plant White Roses,”
“Slumber’s Symphony” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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