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Amanda Rogers

Amanda Rogers: The Places You DwellThe Places You Dwell (2003)
Immigrant Sun

Reviewer Rating: 3


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This is a very simple and beautiful album, if you're into that kind of thing. It is merely a woman and her piano…plus her keyboards and Rhodes. She does all the keys as well as vocals, often harmonizing herself, and there is a dash of other musicans with some strings and guitars that add a little .
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This is a very simple and beautiful album, if you're into that kind of thing. It is merely a woman and her piano…plus her keyboards and Rhodes. She does all the keys as well as vocals, often harmonizing herself, and there is a dash of other musicans with some strings and guitars that add a little texture on occasion (the guitar is very difficult to find). The album is mostly simple ballads, and makes me think of perhaps a less hyper Ben Folds meets a less pissed Ani DiFranco, with her gentle yet powerful voice over sometimes subtle sometimes booming piano chords and bass notes. I can't tell you much about Amanda herself because her site and bio had nothing about where she is from or how old she is, but I can tell you she has opened up for many indie bands like Piebald and has teamed up with Jonah from Onelinedrawing on occasion, and live she often covers songs by the Beatles, Radiohead and Bob Dylan.

This album takes a bold first step with "And She Waited" an intimate a capella track - it is only two tracks of her vocals with exception of maybe 5 seconds with piano fading in then out. The song grabs your ear, simply because you need to listen. It is not shoved at you, it makes you come to it.

My picks for best tracks would be the above mentioned first track because of its boldness and great vocal harmonies; "Sunshine" a version of the classic tune ("sunshine / you are my sunshine / you make me happy / when skies are grey") in which she embellishes the background music with the piano, and expands and ornaments the vocal melody; and "Divide and Separate." This song grabbed me immediately because it has the most bounce and a great bass line. The lyrics of "So raise these petty stakes / With all the leaves you shake / From this family tree you branch away from me / divide and separate" fit into the general theme of relationship problems and self-doubt. Happy! The lyrics are decent though, just mellow.

This CD will either really grab you or put to sleep. I found it to be a good album overall, and definitly a change from what I usually get to review. There were no glaring bad tracks, but I could have used a little beat now and then or at least more uptempo tracks. A solid effort though, and look for more growth from this songwriter down the road.

 


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Anonymous (July 29, 2004)

This album is amazing. Its not punk, but whatever. Her voice is beautiful and the dark mood that engulfs you when listening is unmatched. I hope this girl goes far.

Anonymous (June 10, 2004)

This cd is amazing, definitely recommended for any fans of music, regardless of genre.

sk8punx4evr (December 31, 2003)

i saw amanda rogers open for there were wires/in pieces. she looks like 18 or 19. it was nice, i guess.

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

i would just like to say everyone on this website is a fucking idiot. i used to take these reviews seriously until i found out they were written (and responded to) by faggoty 13 year olds. have fun.

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

"death to singer/songwriter girl emo"

yeah, the 1 to 100 ratio of women to little whining boys is too much. Fuck you.

wyzo

dignin (August 28, 2003)

kotton mouth kings are horrible, the only thing worse is probably jacking off with sandpaper while watching your underage sister get raped by Fred Durst.

GreenVandal (August 27, 2003)

Kottonmouth Kings arent musi. They are shit in a round plastic form. Fuck that band, and fuck you for actually liking it.

And I havent heard this, but I like Piano and vocal only stuff, so Ill give it a look see real quick.

Anonymous (August 27, 2003)

When are you guys gonna review some kottonmouth kings shit? they're a million times more "punk"(whatever that is) than any of this pop crap on the site. if the arguement can be made to review this because of punk music branching out, then you can get some KMK news up.

Anonymous (August 27, 2003)

BAD RECORD, death to singer/songwriter girl emo. if anyone actually likes this putrid trash I'll sell you my copy for 6 bucks PPD.

Anonymous (August 26, 2003)

This cd is okay, I prefer Tori Amos at least she knows who ses appealing to!!!

dignin (August 26, 2003)

how the reviewer described her, she seems like she would sound like cat power

Anonymous (August 26, 2003)

I heard she covers ATDI songs. Yeah.

greg0rb (August 26, 2003)

Pfff hahaha... Anyways, she doesnt even have a webcam, but I know you all wish she did.
-Greg

Anonymous (August 26, 2003)

think you have a crush on this girl! i heard she gets naked on the webcam

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