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Kelly Hogan
Because It Feel Good (Bloodshot Records)

By: Scott Lewis

Ah, the power of lovely, dripping reverb. How it fills the ears, warms the heart and turns your musical mind into lovely mush. Kelly Hogan, best known for her roles in The Jody Grind, The Pine Valley Cosmonauts and The Rock*A*Teens (and known formerly to some as the congenial publicist at Bloodshot Records), has soaked her third solo album in rich reverb, but it's a bonus rather than a gimmick...these ten songs are stunners. Hogan brews up heady throw-back country tunes with a gorgeously contemporary veneer, all wrapped up with a voice that sounds like Maria McKee in a flowing gown sipping warm brandy. It's simply intoxicating. Whether standing nearly alone, as on the wistful "Speedfreak Lullaby" or surrounded by filling guitars during the unbelievably addictive "Strayed," Hogan's voice rings with sensuality, wonder and reflection. Soaring strings are even thrown into the mix on the resplendent, "No, Bobby Don't" which could be a well-off, distant cousin to a Patsy Cline-born Billie Joe, while the charming "Sugarbowl" mixes Dolly Parton's spirit with Loretta Lynn's down-home, heartbroken class. Grammar aside, Because It Feel Good gets solid marks through and through, and the rest of the class is highly encourage to crib off the eminently talented Hogan.
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