Kimm Rogers definitely has it; that way of songwriting with the turn of a word or phrase and constructing a melody that draws you in. The songs on this new album, Where The Pavement Grows, have a sense of telling a complete story – that of winding up in a certain place in a time after growing up and remembering who you once were – which makes it a compelling listen. What is equally intriguing is Ms. Rogers’ voice – this is an “either or” kind of scenario – you either like it or it will grate on you because it isn’t what you expect – it’s a “harder” voice than one would expect on these types of songs. But that’s only one element behind the overall album.
“Twenty-Three” is about as good as modern American power-pop gets, with chiming chords, riffs, a strident rhythm and catchy as all get-out; “Gravity” is sweet, soulful and rich, capped off with a just-right guitar solo and “As Good As It Gets” is a perfect follow-up, with a warm message in the lyrics and an equally heartening melody. “The Ballad Of Moon Valley Road” is a stark, note perfect slice of Americana with sweeping guitars and brushed drums; “Valentines Day” is slightly left-field with its drum machine pattern and electric piano body and “Star Filled Canopy” ends the collection with a delicious country flavor.
While the focus would be on Kimm Rogers’ vocals, there’s no denying the catchiness in the music and the care and skill in the performances. It would be safe to say that this album would be, given time and a few listens, a definite grower. Overall, a nice effort.
Where The Pavement Grows will be released on June 16, 2015