Sunday, December 9, 2018
Madeleine Roger's Cottonwood From The Roots Up
Like shade at the end of a long summer day, Madeleine Roger’s new album, Cottonwood, released last month, spreads a balm across many of the hot anxieties of our temporal life. Glens of casual confidence and freshets of contentedness open up in the acoustic scenery that she paints, from the opening tune onwards. “Sweet Little Lies,” about an uncommitted but quietly passionate relationship, features a spacious drum swing from Joanna Miller and a breathy, echoing hook. Her brother, Lucas Roger, with whom she began her career in the harmony duet group Roger Roger, finds his way into the mix briefly here with a motivational electric guitar groove. The second song, “60 Years More,” glances off the flints of women’s struggles with an equally easy-going panache, and even features a list verse, which presents a C.V. of her skill sets and affirms a sexual self-awareness that plainly qualifies her independent human significance at full value (and full pay).