FAME Review: Rachel Brooke - A Killer's Dream
Rachel Brooke - A Killer's Dream

A Killer's Dream

Rachel Brooke

Mal Records - MAL001

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

Though she lives in Northern Michigan, this young singer is steeped in the Southern tradition, of dark Gothic tales that hint at horror and suspense. Her music is a mix of Country, with very definite Southern influences; early New Orleans vintage jazz, and acoustic Chicago blues, all sepia tinted and yet bright and new at the same time. This is a disc of contrasts as the music is raw and yet finished, sharp and new and yet dates back in feel to when the calendar changed to the 1920s and 30s, fresh and as old as the mountains that have been worn to hills. She is both a throw-back and a brisk step ahead into the future. She wrote ten of the twelve songs; You Don't Hear Me Crying, (a hidden song that shares track eleven on the disc) is by Brooke Robbins, and the one and only, Antoine "Fats" Domino wrote "Every Night About This Time."

She is certainly young looking and yet she takes charge on this disc; with the writing of the songs, handling all the vocals as well as playing acoustic guitar, tympani, xylophone, vibraphone, concert bass drum, sleigh bells and temple bells, and she co-produced the disc with Andy Van Guilders. The songs for the large portion are good stories that tell stories, not necessarily happy boy meets girl and they fall in love stories, because most of them seem to have twist in them. Listen to Life Sentence Blues, which contains these lines, "I've been living in a prison. A prison made by me." She has a voice to that is huge in expression and force so that the lyrics are sung with an honesty and conviction that sells them.

Track List:

  • Have It All
  • Fox in a Hen House
  • Late Night Lover
  • Every Night About This Time (Antoine "Fats" Domino)
  • Life Sentence Blues
  • Old Faded Memory
  • Ashes to Ashes
  • The Black Bird
  • Only for You
  • Serpentine Blues
  • A Killer's Dream
  • (Hidden song) You Don't Hear Me Crying (Brooke Robbins)
All songs by Rachel Brooke except as noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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