A few items that will never go out of fashion in popular music are breathy female vocals, reverb, and violin accompaniments. Pittsburgh’s Emily Rodgers has all three in spades in her latest release Bright Day. Siren song mixes with twangy guitar at a slow tempo to create a moody, melancholy ambiance reminiscent of Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star. Rodgers clearly knows her sweet spot and teases out of the vocals a righteous blend of Hope Sandoval, Shany Kedar, and a little bit of the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan (if she was on valium). "In Spring Alchemy" and "Hell" provide genuinely bracing musical moments. When the violin strings build to crescendo behind Rodgers' narrative during "In Spring Alchemy," a tragedy unfolds, exacting a sort of cathartic relief that is only possible in art. "Can You See Me Now?" picks up the tempo with a 10,000 Maniacs rock strut and Natalie Merchant-style balladeering. The sad undertones of the album may not make your day bright, but Bright Day might make your next mixtape.
Produced by the legendary Kramer (Galaxie 500), who has praised Rodgers as "a songwriter in the classic sense of the term."
1. In Spring Alchemy
3. The Dead Don't Heal
5. Bright Day
6. Great Depressions
7. Can You See Me Now?
8. This Town
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CD: Jewel case with full lyric booklet