Review: Al Rose

Al Rose
“Gravity of Crow”
(Monkey Holding Peach Records)

“Gravity of Crow” is a very well produced album of great pop songs that will resonate with fans of Elvis Costello and Leonard Cohen. There is also a very Midwestern feel to tunes by this Chicago singer-songwriter, as can be heard on “Open Wide”. Subtle backing and harmony vocals from Laura Blye adds a warm style to this exquisite collection of exquisite gems. Rose’s band The Transcendoes always finds the correct balance between vocal and instrumental expression on these songs. This is especially true when Steve Doyle waxes melodic on the Dobro. The lyrics are included in the booklet, as they always should be when they are this good.