I Like To Keep Myself In Pain - Kelly Hogan

19 June 2012 Music

I Like To Keep Myself In Pain - Kelly Hogan

“The song is my boss”, Atlanta-born singer Kelly Hogan has said in numerous interviews, not only about her new record, but also her artistic ethos. Indeed, Hogan is one artist who’s really able to do a song justice, as she’s proven time and time again. On just her third studio solo album in a career spanning almost 20 years, the idea is no different. With the exception of ‘Golden’ (a note to friend, singer Neko Case), all the songs have come from other sources, including Andrew Bird, M Ward, the Magnetic Fields and Vic Chesnutt. But this isn’t merely a covers record. The key lies in how Hogan makes these songs entirely her own. Whether building to a pop-laced crescendo or keeping to the country lilt where she really shines, Hogan (with backing from Gabriel Roth of the Dap-Kings and Booker T Jones, among others) brings to the songs decades of pain, love, lust and loss. It’s yet another triumph for this criminally underrated vocalist.
 

Samuel J Fell

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