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Wed, 11 May 2005

Fireside / Jessica Rogers
Skimming through the iTMS, I have one prejudice I honor and one I test. The one I accept without question is to reject any album that's labeled Inspirational. I'm not religious in the faith of my parents; what I think of as Jewish music appeals to me because of its cultural referents and not its messages. Which in any event are likely to be in Hebrew, a language I don't understand. Religious messages, whether sung or otherwise, are not of interest to me. Which should not be read as a lack of respect for anybody who feels otherwise.

My second prejudice is against anything that falls under Country. But that's the one I verify with each new album. Generally it takes about five seconds of twangy guitar to confirm that an album isn't my taste. This is a rare exception.

I'd never heard of Jessica Rogers. And judging by a quick Googling, neither has anybody else. This is her first album, which her own site describes as Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening or Country Crossover. But what I hear is more interesting that that. There's traces of 60s bubblegum pop, of Sonny & Cher in Ms. Rogers' arrangements. And a maturity and world weary quality to her voice to which I can relate.

I get the feeling music is the latest act in a story that's had more than a few. Can't wait to see how it all turns out.

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