No rest for Rogers
TIM Rogers is one of those blokes who can’t sit still for a minute.
Even in a year when he is working on other projects big and small, he can’t help but put out a new solo album.
An enigmatic Kalgoorlie boy, Rogers’s skill as a story teller, his chutzpah, his stage ownership, have made him a beloved icon in the Aussie music scene so I guess few will complain about his prolific, workaholic nature.
The album starts with a trick, for half a minute it sounds nothing like Rogers.
Then his dulcet tone cuts through the female ‘‘ oohs’’ and the flute or pan pipe melodies.
No rock guitars. No rhythm section. Just strings and flutes and a softly delivered him versus her vocal performance setting the stage for what comes later. It’s a stunning moment, a highlight that doesn’t try too hard.
Perhaps scarier still for fans of rock ’ n’ roll Rogers, Driving At Night sounds like electro- pop for a second, until the jangly guitar strumming kicks the door in.
‘‘ To get her into my dreams and out of my mind,’’ he sings.
It’s funny how an artist that you grow up with sounds more honest than most.
Part Time Dads is a tale about parenting and it’s another in a long line of Rogers’s songs where he takes an observation about some dull slice of suburban life and turns it into something beautiful.
The dad in the tale doesn’t need a pat on the back every day, he just wants to know that he at least did one thing right by his kids.
Go on Out is just too country for one of this generation’s best rockers.
Meh. But then I Love You Just As You Are, Now Change delivers a dose of dirty blues bass with exactly the right amount of oomph.
Even if it is just ‘‘ relatively speaking’’ oomph, this one gallops and grinds and gets under your skin.
It’s the song you will go away humming once the CD has stopped spinning or MP3 has stopped ‘‘ 1010011011- ing’’.
Through the album there’s lots of passing imagery about ‘‘ booze’’ and being ‘‘ loose’’ and ‘‘ a lush’’, with Didn’t Plan To Be Here Either, Baby the pick of the bunch.
Its easy breeze guitars and vocal melodies are perfect. The song was recorded in a raw way so you can hear his fingers as they scratch across the guitar strings while changing from note to note.
Rogers finally plugs in his electric guitar for the closing number, even if there’s not a true You Am I riff in the place it’s still a pleasure. Cool organs, too. The song is joyful and feels like it’ll be a live favourite, high energy but with a rhythm ’ n’ blues swing.