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by Caroline Rose


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One of the most enduring showbiz clichés is that of comic actors who are desperate to play serious roles and prove they have real talent. In a very real way, Caroline Rose's third album, 2018's Loner, finds her following this path in reverse. After first establishing herself as a thoughtful folkie (2010's Caroline Rose) and then as an eclectic roots rock artist (2014's I Will Not Be Afraid), Loner is a creative 180 where she embraces dance beats, lo-fi electronics, and bent but effective pop hooks and sounds freer, wilder, and more engaged than she did when she was supposedly being a "serious" artist. Loner is the sound of Caroline Rose having fun and saying just as much as (if not more than) when she wasn't playing for laughs, and her home-brewed version of contemporary dance-pop is both witty and satisfying, playful without drowning in irony. And this music has clearly energized Rose; her vocals are strong and effective whether she's aiming for moody seduction on "To Die Today" or for full-on mania as in "Money." As a songwriter, she's opened up, able to shift gears from the bratty teenage vibe of "Soul No. 5" and the Farfisa-driven pop of "Bikini" to the busted ambitions of "Jeannie Becomes a Mom" and the shadowy eroticism of "Animal." And the production by Rose and Paul Butler walks a fine line between polish and inspired trashiness, hitting the sweet spot throughout. Some of the folks who loved Caroline Rose's first two albums are going to have a hard time with Loner, but she doesn't sound the least bit worried about it, and she shouldn't be -- she's made the most interesting album of her career to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2018
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396641727
catalogNumber: 6417
Rank: 48602

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Performance Credits

Caroline Rose   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Sampling,Synthesizer Bass
Rob Moose   Violin,Viola
Paul Butler   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Tomoya Aomori   Double Bass
Dan Davine   Drums,Vibes
Brett Lanier   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Rogone   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Jeremy Harris   Engineer
Rob Moose   String Arrangements
Paul Butler   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Vocal Programming
Caroline Rose   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Vocal Programming,Percussion Programming

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