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Out Of The Ocean

Bess RogersAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hubbub!
  • ASIN: B005OLC5YY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Leave it to reading about the origins of humans from a tome about pre-historic fish and microbes called Your Inner Fish to really get the creative juices flowing, something indie/pop songwriter BESS ROGERS found out first hand in between writing songs at her Brooklyn apartment last winter. Taking some time from touring as a solo artist and as guitarist in Ingrid Michaelson's band, Rogers found she became obsessed with the book and the idea of looking at 'everything we do in life as a product of evolution.' And lo and behold, new songs like 'In the Waves' and 'Water and Dirt' emerged ready for the studio. The fan-funded OUT OF THE OCEAN, arriving October 4, is also about Roger's own evolution and growth as an artist and tunesmith, expanding her proclivity for intimately confessional Michaelson-styled folk/pop into artful and boldly energized songs that flirt with the occasional rocky edge. Produced by Chris Kuffner (Michaelson's Girls and Boys), OUT OF THE OCEAN features guest shots from Michaelson, Allie Moss and local piano-banger Ian Axel. Lead single 'Anchor' is a thumping blast of guitar strums and snaking vocal harmonies, an effervescent and refreshing cooler that goes down easy and then calls for more. We're also particularly fond of 'Standing Tall', another rhythmic gem where ukulele meets spunky drive and rich keyboard backing, Kuffner's sunsually lush production balancing Roger's layered vocals with the flurry of instruments going through one remarkable change after another. And, as anyone will tell you, change is what this evolution stuff is all about.

An involvingly diverse recording artist, Bess Rogers sounds at times like a folkie singer-songwriter project, at others like a tough, punky quipster, and at still others like a pink-clad princess spinning around in a whirl of pop glitter. That s the strength, and the intrigue, of her new indie release Out of the Ocean. Ostensibly a meditation on the concept of fish-to-man evolution, the album has so much going on it s bold, but somehow sweet, too that you re forgiven for not noticing. As diverse and it is connective, Out of the Ocean is that rare themed project that allows for broad interpretative involvement. The lyrics are painted with such a wide-bristled brush, with such writerly ambiguity, that we can see ourselves in every song. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native never tires of tinkering, adding in dashes of Kate Bush, Nick Drake and the Flaming Lips, but yet always sounding very much like herself. There s the perfect power-pop of One Step Free, the crunchy new wave of Standing Tall, the swooning Sheryl Crow-ish so-cal rock of Weak Link then something best described as a synth-laden robot love song on Math and Science and you re barely a third of the way into the album. Anchor, perhaps the best encapsulation of Rogers strengths, is somehow tenderly passionate despite a clapping syncopation straight out of a Irish pub song. In the Waves grows quieter still, as she explores the lonesome deep-blue dysphoria of an underwater existence. Just like that, though, Rogers gathers herself for Water and Dirt, a pop-rock gem that simply begs to be sung along with. By the time she gets to I ll be Gone, Rogers is telling somebody off against a rhythm that s best described as tumbling ass over teakettle. Yet, she is never very far away from a very real epiphany, as the soaring, Sarah McLachlan-esque Brick by Brick so achingly reminds. Clinched anger gives way, as it will, to a stinging clarity. That she can move so bravely, so fluidly, and with such authenticity, between these many varied emotions and sounds speaks volumes about her maturity as a young songwriter. Already, Bess Rogers is just as adept within the style of Juliana Hatfield as she is Ani DiFranco. Oh, and Regina Spektor. And ... well, you get the idea.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and lilting October 4, 2011
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Bottom line: Perfect for fans of Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles.

After seeing Bess Rogers' Kickstarter video (...), I knew I'd end up buying this album. I enjoy listening to Bess's lilting voice as I drive to and from work. I've had the album for only three days, and listened to the whole thing at least five times.

It's easy to lose yourself in her music. Great for anyone who wants to relax and unwind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bess Rogers is a breath of fresh air January 18, 2013
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Indie artist, Bess Rogers has a lightness about her that simply brings a smile to my face. Regardless of the topic, her presentation even makes doing housework a fun chore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album January 4, 2012
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Been following this artist for awhile now. She puts out consistently solid material. I'd highly recommend buying this album. I'd even more strongly recommend seeing her perform live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice October 20, 2011
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Bess has a beautiful voice and it's rightly focused upon in the CD. The background music is still fun though - upbeat but mellow enough to relax and enjoy! Try this CD out... you won't regret it.
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