Rose Kemp CD reviewed by Michael Coleman

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Rose Kemp CD reviewed by Michael Coleman
Dec 14, 2007, 07:21

Rose Kemp - A Hand Full of Hurricanes

ROSE KEMP A Hand Full of Hurricanes CD

Rose Kemp was supposed to be a folkie. But despite being the daughter of Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior and Rick Kemp, it didn't quite work out that way. Kemp, barely 22, is quite capable of crafting sincere, spare arrangements that highlight her gorgeous alto. But she's not content to simply play the chanteuse. Time and time again, she (mostly) delightfully upends her songs with incomprehensible noise. “Violence,” the second track on her debut album, offers the best example as her sincere croon is interrupted by a chorus that sounds as if Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore just walked into the studio. “Morning Music,” a lilting wake-up call, also shows that Kemp's been doing her PJ Harvey homework. She does the angst-ridden woman thing with conviction, but keeps the menace close at hand with raggedly-strummed guitars and swirling strings. Occasionally, the album bogs down with heavy-handed vocals, but Rose Kemp is a talented young woman whose determination to take the road less traveled should eventually pay off. [One Little Indian]

-Michael Coleman

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