CD Blue Roses [Digipak] (CD 4562665),
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Blue Roses [Digipak]

  • 1. Greatest Thoughts
    2. Cover Your Tracks
    3. I Am Leaving
    4. Can't Sleep
    5. I Wish I...
    6. Coast
    7. Does Anyone Love Me Now?
    8. Doubtful Comforts
    9. Rebecca
    10. Imaginary Fights
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 929022

  • Credits
    ProducerLaura Groves

    Personnel: Niall Lewis (strings); Josh Taylor (background vocals).
    Producers: Marco Pasquariello; Laura Groves.
    Engineer: Marco Pasquariello.
    Audio Mixer: Marco Pasquariello.
    Recording information: GSG Pianos, Bradford; Leeds Metropolitan University; Love Apple Cafe, Bradford; Shelf, Bradford.
    Photographer: Laura Groves.
    The debut from English singer/songwriter Laura Groves (aka Blue Roses) draws more than a little from 1960s folk traditions, both British (Anne Briggs) and from across the pond (Joni Mitchell). Groves's earnest yet elusive wordplay, serpentine melodies, and minimal arrangements lithely follow the trail blazed by the aughts crop of postmillennial retro fairy tale crooners like Joanna Newsom, Tiny Vipers, and Laura Barrett, but her willingness to explore the more commercial side of the experimental/alternative folk movement may shield her from the "freak folk" tag so liberally applied to many of her contemporaries. Proficient on both guitar and piano, Groves is most effective when behind the latter, crafting luminous, pastoral ballads like "Greatest Thoughts," "I Wish I...," and "Imaginary Fights" that echo early Kate Bush - the spooky, marimba-laced "Doubtful Comforts" is one of the album's highlights. Alternating between fingerpicked acoustic and electric, the remaining tracks are hardly deficient of introverted charm, but with the exception of the semi-propulsive "Rebecca," the pace is sluggish at best, resulting in a collection of songs best listened to in threes, or all at once with one's forehead pressed against the window waiting for the rain to pass.

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