“Loner” Caroline Rose
With “Loner,” New York-based singer-songwriter, Caroline Rose, has taken a big step forward since her 2014 album, “I Will Not Be Afraid.” That release was primarily alt-country or Americana. On this album, she’s established herself as a promising indie rock/punk artist with an ample helping of the creativity, confidence and irreverence of St. Vincent. Inspiration for the tracks are derived from the catchy synths one might hear in a Justin Timberlake or Britney Spears song all the way to “riot grrl feminist surf punk” and even psychobilly. A daring, boldy performed and thought-provoking album from a talented young artist.
— Trish McBride and Francis D.
Recommended: 3, 1, 7, 9, 4. No FCCs noted.
1. (4:09) More Of the Same — Staccato organ pattern mixed with milky guitar arpeggios and playful synths. Warm, slightly throaty vocals. ****
2. (3:44) Cry! — Power pop with rapidly pulsing synth bass and pedal steel guitar. Slightly mystic-sounding lead break.
3. (2:16) Money — Frenetic psychobilly. Punky vocals. “I did it for the money.” ****
4. (4:21) Jeannie Becomes A Mom — Slow dance track with a great bass groove and organ stingers. Commentary on the suburban scene from a cool remove. **
5. (3:34) Getting To Me — Plucked strings with storytelling vocals about losing patience in dealing with the demands of daily life.
6. (3:41) To Die Today — Shimmering synths with a lazy trip-hop beat and a weird psychedelic vibe.
7. (3:10) Soul No. 5 — Rubbery bass line pulses beneath a sexy, self-aware romp. Vocals laid-back and almost spoken. ***
8. (0.49) Smile! (Bikini Intro) — Distorted instrumental with nagging voices saying, “smile.”
9. (2:30) Bikini — In-your-face riot grrl surf-punk with dance-y synth tracks. “All you got to do is put on this little bikini and dance!” Don’t miss the smart, well-done video. ***
10. (3:30) Talk — Throwback rock-feeling at start with staccato organ notes again. Shifts into upbeat, flowing synth-rock.
11. (3:19) Animal — Menacing futuristic, fatalistic reaction to a relationship that’s ending. March-like synth-rock reminiscent of peak-era Timberlake, filled with tension.