Edward Rogers

Porcelain

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New York/Losers Lounge fixture/East Village Radio Atlantic Tunnel host Edward Rogers' fourth LP is another fine excursion into the sounds of formative years. That's no fake Brit accent, either; he's from Birmingham. Like 2008's splendid sophomore You Haven't Been Where I've Been, Porcelain works multiple sides of the fruitful '60s/'70s flowering of rock's art pop culture, handling early-'70s guitar rock curling "The Biba Crowd," "Diamonds Amour," and wry "Topping the World," the James Williamson-Stooges-esque (yes!) "Separate Walls," and the Dylan-meets-Badfinger "Love with the World" as fluently as Baroque-stoked folk on "Nothing Too Clever" or the piano plucky "Link to the Chain." Like loves the Left Banke, Kinks, and Zombies, Rogers realizes that the "R" in A&R (repertoire!) matters as much as groovy tunes. And with his plaintive, reliable voice and happy hooks, Rogers never disappoints.

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