Without my Love, the lead cut to Arrica Rose's latest, an EP, blends her novo-folky ways with an inflection of country twang, and its follow up, Microscope, finds just the faintest trace of Patsy Cline in an existentialist funk, sobering up the day after an all-nighter at the roadhouse, wondering what everything's leading to. Dan Garcia again co-produces and co-arranges Rose's work, and the choice to retain him was a good one. He brings out in her what cow punkers and alt country stylists had been missing in theirs: an esoteric ambiance borrowing as much from nature as the kitchen table. Rose may indeed be California minded, but she's sneaking a few glances at Texas.
Come on Home to Me flows from the speakers as a lushly romantic gentle aria fit for laid-back radio fare. Before the Fade bends that emotionality down into wistful hopefulness with the quiet grandeur of a heart opening, stars pouring into the gap. None of Lucky turns to the rock 'n roll world but instead sits patiently beside, waiting for the bluster and clangor to die down so the other side of life can get a word in edgewise. And it's to music like this I strongly suspect hair farmers resort when they tire of their own bullshit, needing a salve to heal the wounds of life, a deeper dimension to their inch-deep philosophizing, and a reminder that it's all vanity…unless it's done right. Then it's art.
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