Friday, July 18, 2008
CD Review: Rose Gerber - Sisyphus
Rose Gerber – Sisyphus
2008, Rose Gerber
Rose Gerber is a Boston native who is currently based out of Brattelboro, Vermont. She has been featured as an emerging artist at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in both 2001 and 2003, and has toured and recorded both as a solo artist and as part of the group Relative Strangers. 2008 Sees the release of Gerber's 3rd solo album, Sisyphus. Sisyphus is an artistic step forward for the uber-talent singer-songwriter with whom you should become acquainted.
Rose Gerber has a musical vibe that runs somewhere between Shawn Colvin and Sarah McLachlan. The real motivation for you to listen to Rose Gerber is the songwriting, as she has quite the talent for wrapping intelligent lyrics within tuneful and complex compositions and creating beautiful sonic tableaus. Sisyphus opens with Comfortable, which is a fine example of such aural beauty. Gerber then moves on to Head Banging, which in spite of the title creates the impression of ambivalent longing.
The title track, Sisyphus sounds like it could have walked off an early Indigo Girls album. There’s just a touch of a country accent to this song that somehow transforms it from an interesting song into a great one. Other highlights include Fillet of Soul, Mercury and Lie Awake, but there isn’t a song here you won’t enjoy
Rose Gerber is mature beyond her years as a songwriter. Her lyrics are intelligent and communicative without being overwrought, and the music she writes is lush and full and beautiful. Sisyphus is a plateau in the career of Rose Gerber that one imagines will lead to a glorious peak.
Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Rose Gerber at www.rosegerber.com. You can purchase a copy of Sisyphus at www.cdbaby.com/rosegerber2.