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Kelly Hogan

I Like To Keep Myself In Pain

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June 15, 2012

Kelly Hogan is a go-to indie-rock vet whose sweet-tea vocals have shorn up records by Neko Case and plenty of others. Her second solo set conjures Seventies AM radio country 'n'soul with songs commissioned from genre outliers – M. Ward, Andrew Bird, Robyn Hitchcock, Vic Chesnutt, Stephen Merritt. It's meta Loretta Lynn, played straight; when she wails on the faintly arch title track, the pain sounds like no joke.

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