Maverick Review – BEAUREGARD . Self-Released

maverick-magazine-logoVocal superiority matched quite beautifully by instrumentation in the most superlative way possible Bringing you her third album, but the first with her band, this teasing singer from Toronto along with the five other musicians include tracks that have an upbeat groove about them which leaves you wanting and begging for more. Within its eleven tracks lie a smorgasbord of radio-friendly, Americana-experimental and downright surreal tracks that make you scratch your head and nod your head in appreciation at the same time. With an opening few moments similar to a jamming session, Whippets seems as though Kate double-tracks her vocals at certain points, as Buddy Holly did, to great effect. With more than a hint of the gypsy band Oi Va Voi about this track, the use of the accordion and hand-slapping adds to this track’s atmosphere of radio friendliness and inventiveness. Stealing From You begins quite teasingly courtesy of some piano tinkling which is soon joined by jovial vocals that act as musical foreplay before this wall of harmonious and instrumental goodness hits you. Silent Movie is not a tune which allows the audience to wonder, as from its very first second it includes so much in a short duration you don’t really know what aspects to fully concentrate on and requires at least three or four hearings for its quality and overt beauty to fully penetrate the consciousness. With a hypnotic beginning, Feels Like Years is a candidate for the ideal driving song. Not for the likes of Route 66, but the frozen Canadian landscape at the height of winter. It has a feel-good element about it, but in an apprehensive way. A song that asks more questions than it answers which is always a good thing for music. Joining the ever-growing ranks of exceedingly good artists currently coming from Canada, I see no reason why this band wouldn’t be able to lead the way in showing the world the quality of Canadian music. If this prediction comes true, than that would surely be a situation to savour.

RH Laura Bethell Maverick

Siren Song: We Love the Lovely Kate Rogers

woman-ca-logoWe love the songwriting. We love the understated dignity of the live performance. We even love the YouTube video trails. Kate Rogers, indie rock darling, launches off a bedrock of cred. Following eight years on Grand Central Records, where she was a regular vocalist for artists like AIM and Rae & Christian, Kate decided it was time to bring it back to her home in Ontario, Canada. Following the critically acclaimed St Eustacia album and a recent stint singing with Toronto indie rockers The Coast, Kate and her band kick it up more than a few notches with the release of Beauregard. While never losing sight of her Folk heritage, Beauregard picks up the pace where St. Eustacia left off. With production by Toronto’s Chris Stringer and mixed by the venerable Michael Phillip Wojewoda, this album heralds a little extra pop and punch than earlier recordings, and in turn gives Kate’s affecting, soulful vocals room to roam.

Si Si Penaloza is the Editorial Director of WOMAN.ca.
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February 4, 2010

Kate Rogers – Beauregard Review – Snob’s Music

As a rule I don’t really review older albums. But with a new EP coming in June I thought I’d make an exception for Kate Rogers’ 2008 album Beauregard. The Canadian-born Rogers had spent 8 years plying her trade in the UK before making the decision to return to her home and native land for this album. This record is not the stereotypical piano-playing woman record. Rogers has a far more diverse sound than someone like say, Tori Amos or Sarah McLachlan. Yes, there are some gorgeous vocal-focussed tracks like “Up Country”, but those are the exception rather than the rule. Instead you’re more likely to her bellowing rockers, country-tinged stomps, and smoky lounge numbers. Rogers is at her absolute best when she’s playing melodramatic noir music. Tracks like “54 Rounds” and “Not Okay” are simply engrossing. Having now heard her latest full length several times, I can’t help but be excited for the EP.

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May 3, 2010

 
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