Loner by Caroline Rose
Add another hard rocking female singer to the ever-growing 2018 Bacon Top 31 list. If you’ve not yet heard of Caroline Rose, then you’re in for a real treat. The song featured above, “Money,” is what drew me in, and it’s really fun, but don’t get fooled into thinking this is what the rest of her music sounds like. This album is full of smart, gritty pop rock that will have you singing along in no time.
Rose has accomplished quite a bit for being only 28. The fabulous Loner is her third full-length, although is a sharp turn in musical direction. Her previous two albums fall more into the alt.country genres, and fell flat, critically. Loner took her four years and lots of soul-searching iteration to arrive at this joyfully sarcastic record. Watch the other videos that she’s released for the album, and you’ll see that snide satirical humor come out: “Jeannie Becomes a Mom,” “Bikini,” and “Soul No. 5.”
In addition to writing great lyrics and hooks, Rose plays most of the instruments on her album, a true prodigy of music. She also co-produced the album, along with lead singer/songwriter of the English band The Bees (otherwise known as A Band of Bees here in the states), Paul Butler. Quick-strummed guitar, staccato keys and organ, basic drums and bass guitar fill out the sound, all with her voice sung mostly through a gravel-filled filter that gives it just the right amount of grit.
This album is fantastic. It’s catchy in all the right ways, and any time I’ve played it for other people (unannounced), they usually perk up and ask “who’s this?” Give it a listen, and you, too, can be that person. Enjoy!
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