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Kelly Hogan: I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
Buy! - (Anti-)
The first album in 11 years from the Georgia-raised, Chicago-based vocalist is an emotionally powerful, beautifully crafted blend of soul, torch-pop, country and roots-rock, with accompaniment by an impressive supporting cast (legendary keyboardist Booker T. Jones, veteran soul drummer James Gadson, Dap-Kings bassist/engineer/songwriter Gabriel Roth and Chicago multi-instrumentalist Scott Ligon). While the album closes with a searing Charlie Rich cover and Hogan herself contributed album standout “Golden,” the rest of the songs were written for this album by some of Hogan’s many talented friends and associates, including Andrew Bird, Robyn Hitchcock, Jon Langford, M. Ward, the late Vic Chesnutt, Stephin Merritt, Robbie Fulks and other musical luminaries. The songs are a uniformly stellar bunch and Hogan sings them like the great, artfully subtle and deeply soulful interpreter that she is. 5/24/2012 - Don Yates
Other Kelly Hogan album reviews:

Because It Feel Good - 10/15/2001