Title - 'Where The Pavement Grows'
Artist - Kimm Rogers
I guess I first became aware of Kimm Rogers way back in the day, somewhere around the early 90's when she released Soundtrack of My Life. She backed that critically acclaimed album with a tour opening for John Doe and David Baerwald as well as opening for much larger acts such Squeeze and even Warren Zevon.
Since then, and some near 25 years later and this delightful new album, Where The Pavement Grows has fallen upon my lap to review - and my goodness, what a musical Blessing it truly is.
As always, all the songs here are her originals. I don't think I'd want it any other way, in truth. Also, there is a definite, and noticeable growth in Rogers' songwriting, culminating in some demanding-to-be-heard stand out tracks here on this brand new album.
The album begins with the subtle solo guitar work of 'Rain,' before launching into one of the best tracks on the album; for my money, at least, the rollicking fun of 'Twenty-Three.' 'Gravity' is backed by the soul-searching breakdown of a relationship in 'As Good As It Gets,' and that's followed by both the upbeat 'Change' and storytelling of 'The Ballad of Moon Valley Road.'
The thoughts of every day life come to the fore in 'Eventually' ("I'm not killing time, it's killing me", which is backed by the piano-fused gem, the title track, 'Where The Pavement Grows.' Rogers and her reedy timbre brings her collection of standing-on-the-outside-looking-in stories to a close with the undeniable pop lite sway of 'Valentine's Day,' and then the country-tinged 'Star Filled Canopy.'
Inclusive of musicians Julian Coryell, Adrian Harpham and Alison Freebairn-Smith, it's actually the latter that Rogers attributes the successful coming together of the album to. In her own words, "After many months of trains and buses and subways, rides at 1AM with Alison on broken down freeways, the rose and the firehouse diet, soundfiles, emails, texts, doubts, fears, laughter, elation, exhaustion and lots and lots of tears of joy, I can now say without a doubt this is the record I have waited all my life to make." I concur, Kimm. I can only, and truly concur.
Street Date: June 16th, 2015
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