Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kelly Hogan -- I Like to Keep Myself In Pain

I listened to this album through exactly once on Spotify, and then I rushed out to buy it.

While the stable of musicians Hogan assembled for this album are impressive (Booker T, James Gadsen, Gabe Roth of the Dap-Kings, Scott Ligon of NRBQ) -- as are the past collaborators of hers who offered their lyrics to the album (Jakob Dylan, Andrew Bird, Vic Chesnutt, and M. Ward, to name a few.)

But Hogan's voice is front and center, as it should be. Pure as a bell and widely expressive, Hogan is a modern-day Patsy Cline. The soothing quality of her voice, and her intelligent interpretation of the lyrics, prevents the album from becoming too dark. A mixture of Americana, soul, and jazz, I Like to Keep Myself in Pain is a treat for your ears. I'd be shocked if you don't buy it yourself.

Kelly Hogan by Rachel C on Grooveshark

Kelly Hogan -- Official, Facebook, Amazon, Spotify


  1. Honestly, this was one album that I... just... couldn't get into. Maybe it was my frame of mind at the time. But, it seems to be pretty popular. I guess maybe I should give it another shot at some point.

    1. Von, you owe yourself as well as this album another listen...its a great piece of work.