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Keep On Doing

The RochesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Losing True 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Keep On Doing What You Do/ Jerks On The Loose 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KYA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Roches Album December 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The harmonies of the Roches are singular. Their songwriting talents also are remarkable, and for me, KEEP ON DOIN' is the best of both worlds. Here, find their signature acapella version of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus"; their best original song (by my lights), "Losing True," whose remarkable harmonies combine with tricky but artistically perfect wordplay to create a masterpiece about heartbreak and longing (Robert Fripp's embellishing guitarwork also is wonderful here); "Want Not," a brilliant companion piece (albeit inadvertent) to Tim Miller's HOW TO WANT WHAT YOU HAVE; the stunning rendition of the folksong "On the Road to Fairfax County"; the title track "Keep On Doin'/Jerks on the Loose," which truly is an anthem for any contemporary idealist; well, it goes on and on (the cryptic but evocative "Scorpion Lament" and "Steady with the Maestro"; the hilarious/poignant "Sex Is for Children"; etc.).
I was very, very fortunate to see Maggie and Suzzy in concert at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA on 16 December 2000. Although "Want Not" isn't something they perform frequently these days, they tried it (at my prodding) and did a stupendous job. (I also requested "Losing True," but Maggie said she'd "have to sit down" in order to try that one--the harmonies are taxing--but it was not meant to be that particular evening.)
The Roches deserve far more popular recognition than they have received. Check out their entire oeuvre: none of their work disappoints; all of it surprises; and each song is crafted with such love and attention, you'll wonder why you never realized that "The Married Men" was THEIR original song!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb Roches album April 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Roches are so hard to categorize simply because they so deftly manage songs that echo mountain music, rock and roll, folk, techno-pop, and beyond.
This album is an excellent example of their polymathic tendencies. On their rendition of Georg Friedrich Handel's famous "Hallelujah Chorus" from "Messiah," they do splendid three-part harmony, keeping totally to Handel's music and lyrics while somehow managing to inject their usual wittiness into the arrangement. When I saw them perform this in Pittsburgh about ten years ago, they enhanced the disconnect between their reputations and Handel's by huddling together, shoulder to shoulder, dressed in black leather jackets and affecting "tough guy" expressions. Their soaring harmonies that night were brought down to earth by the occasional hilarious yawn, eyes rolled heavenward, and meticulous examination of their fingernails--all of which highlighted the casualness with which they can toss off the most exquisitely harmonious music.
True to form, most of the songs herein are written by the Roches themselves. While Maggie usually does the honors in the songwriting department (and acquits herself admirably here with "Losing True," among others), Terre and Suzzy also do a couple of star turns with "Keep On Doing What You Do/Jerks on the Loose" and "I Fell In Love," just to name a couple. "I Fell In Love," especially, has a wonderfully meandering feel to the music while sharply detailing the ups and downs of teenage love:
"I knew there was something about you that I liked, yeah,
But I only realized it when I spied you
At your mother's house last week
I'd only ever seen you on your bike, yeah,
I thought you were a slick affected
Switchblade-flashing motorcycle freak . . .
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic folk album--you'll never hear better vocals September 24, 1998
Format:Audio CD
The Roches have always been known for their great vocals, but this time they combine them with lyrics that will amuse and touch you. This for me is their greatest work, and I have all their albums.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep on Doing by the Roches December 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. If the only Roches album you know is the first one (the Roches), you might be initially disappointed with this one, since the "the Roches" is such an incredible album. But when you start listening to this, you realize bit by bit that the songwriting is still great here. The harmonies and the arrangements are wonderful. I think my favorite tune is actually not written by them, " On the Road to Fairfax County". But they do an amazing job with the arrangement and the performance. If you don't fall in love with Maggie Roche, you may not be listening hard enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childlike, quirky folk never bettered by its makers July 17, 2004
By mianfei
Format:Audio CD
"Keep On Doing", a reunion with Robert Fripp, showed the Roches perfecting - to a degree they would never do later - the approach of their first two albums.

Whilst all the childlike naivette and understated simplicity of such highlights as "The Death Of Suzzy Roche" from those two albums remains, on "Keep On Doing" the sisters combine it with a degree of infectious energy they would never again equal.

The beautiful harmonies of the opener "The Hallelujah Chorus" are instantly memorable and remind one of a more fiery, stripped-down version of Steeleye Span's "Gaudete", whilst the beautiful "Losing True" and "The Scorpion Lament" wreak with tenderness and feeling, as does the funny yet serious "The Largest Elizabeth In The World", which seems to be a warning against trying to take power for oneself. "Sex Is For Children" was almost funky in its use of electronics, but the way in which the Roches make every note memorable is indeed surprising.

The accessible, hooky "I Fell In Love" showed the band developing its quirky harmonies onto deeply romantic themes, but the intense "Want Not Want Not" with its naive yet remarkably intense, moody, even ecstatic power, is the real stunner here. A motto of indifference, yes, but "Want Not Want Not" seemingly existed in its own time amidst the sisters' remarkably resonant shrieks against the consumerist manifesto of the modern age. The ringing piano adds more than a contrast of tone to the sisters' guitars, as does the impassioned plea "I wish there was a true love" in the middle of the song.

The last album the Roches would record for Warners, its commercial failure (reaching only #183 on Billboard) was hardly surprising, but never would the Roches capture the same degree of power, wisdom and beauty that "Keep On Doing" possessed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wall-of-sound-style vocals and acoustic guitars
That pretty much says it. Guitars and vocals really pack a punch in this collection. The first track "The Hallelujah Chorus" is really just a prologue of sorts, for the fun... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brendan Chenowith
4.0 out of 5 stars The Roches + Fripp spells Great
Amongst my most memorable experiences with live rock concerts are the two that the Roches gave in a tiny theatre in Delft, the Netherlands, and in the Bottom Line in NYC, following... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. M. M. Out
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome album
this is a great album, beautiful harmonizing, witty lyrics, goes through the cycles of relationships with intelligence, grace and humor.
Published 10 months ago by Catm
5.0 out of 5 stars This is basically a continuation of their exceptional debut album
When you pair the Roches eclectic folk with producer Robert Fripp's angular guitar lines and sparse production, just like the debut album, you get perfection. Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by Scott B. Saul
5.0 out of 5 stars I thank FLAC for this
I've been spending the last few evenings (actually near a month) storing my albums to FLAC now that drives large enough to store my collection are available. Read more
Published on May 14, 2009 by Justin Seiferth
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one
All The Roches music is equally great: their lyrics touch on pieces of life that no one usually sings about--working in a restaurant, baby for the "unwed" mother, a big guy taking... Read more
Published on May 14, 2007 by Emma Hardesty
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairfax County will break your heart
On its own, The Road to Fairfax County is worth the price of admission. And the vocals and lyrics elsewhere on the album sparkle and shimmer. Read more
Published on February 22, 2004 by Earl B
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh my goodness... I'm at a loss of (nice) things to say
I heard their Hallelujah Chorus track on a compilation album, and was immediately, ahem, displeased. Shrill voices, mangled phrasing, unoriginal voicings... Read more
Published on December 30, 2003 by Adam Lasnik
1.0 out of 5 stars I WANT MY MONEY BACK
After reading great reviews, i wasted my hard earned money on this "music"? a trip to mcdonalds would have been more meaningfull.
Published on February 19, 2001 by jerry moore
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