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Haroula Rose

So Easy

(Self-released; US: 4 Jun 2012; UK: Import)

Interim release from Chicago folkie.

Haroula Rose’s EP So Easy, which follows her fine 2011 debut These Open Roads, is a five-song stopgap before what will presumably be her next full-length. As is the way of these things, it’s tough to get terribly excited about such a short set. The opening numbers, “Only Friends” and “So Easy”, are forgettable folk-pop confections that might provide a change of pace in the context of a full album but here just come off as lightweight. The next two songs, “Already Yours” and “Slow Dancing”, are moodier, downtempo numbers that carry a bit more weight. Only the closing cover of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” achieves anything like memorability. Rose is blessed with an expressive, wistful voice and solid guitar playing chops, and her best arrangements leave plenty of air for these elements to breathe. Let’s hope she’s back with a more substantial offering soon.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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