Title - 'WRONG'
Artist - Anthony W. Rogers
If you have never heard of Anthony W. Rogers, well, you are not alone. Now, don't get me wrong, for that doesn't mean he's a nobody, he's unsuccessful, or that he's someone to sidestep. Far from it, for just because Rogers is a tad bit under the radar of today's commercial music scene just makes his second solo album that bit even more required listening.
That sophomore album, WRONG is a collection of ten new songs, all originals, performed and recorded entirely solo. In what you might call a "homemade" effort, Rogers recorded the album at his rural West Virginia home from 2011-2014 through a multi-track recording, layering all the instrumental parts and vocals himself.
And therein lies the reason behind you rushing out and buying this delicious "Smile-Era" (more on that later) Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl LP (although it is also available on CD and digitally) for yourself, as it is not a collection of music that has just been thrown together overnight. Rogers has worked painstakingly to ensure that WRONG cultivated his musical thoughts and energies caught between 2011-2014, which means you are going to hear some incredible, stylistically diverse sounds once that needle hits the record.
Rogers, a long retired veteran of the local tri-state music scene in many rock and jazz bands in his youth, also performed as drummer on several occasions behind legendary DC vocalist and Grammy winner Eva Cassidy, let alone several other high standing jazz combos.
Indeed, his connection with the late Cassidy continues onwards with WRONG, because Chris Biondo (Cassidy's musical collaborator) prepared the album for release. Working from his facility in Kensington, Md., Biondo's influence is undeniable, but as Rogers had also worked with him as engineer on Rogers' 1994 solo debut, Identification, that connection of purity was always going to be there.
Oh, and just in case you are wondering what Rogers' thought process is behind calling WRONG a "Smile-Era" recording, that would be down to the influence on him of Smile - from, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Those vocal arrangements that Wilson did in the bands heyday resonate deeply within WRONG and become like its own fluid character within it. Ergo, WRONG is chock full of a lifetime of sponge-like influences from a musician that still deserves to be above the musical radar in your lives.
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