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.
Best tracks: “Safety Net”
May 3, 2010