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Rachel Brooke’s status as a queen of gothic country gets further confirmation on A Killer’s Dream, a decidedly dark excursion into love, treachery, torment, and regret. Fans of the Michigan-born singer/songwriter’s deft touch with moody scenarios and rootsy melodies won't be disappointed in her latest release—if anything, the passions here are deepened and the shadows are lengthened. Brooke is a honky tonk chanteuse in the classic mode, combining gutsiness with a touch of Patsy Cline’s uptown elegance. Recorded with the backup group Viva Le Vox, A Killer’s Dream encompasses torch songs (“Late Night Lover”), bluesy laments (“Life Sentence Blues,” “Only for You”), and rockabilly workouts (the title tune) as it runs through a rogue’s gallery of faithless menfolk and desperate women. “Old Faded Memory” (a shiver-inducing duet with Lonesome Wyatt) and “The Black Bird” (a bloodstained tale of split personality set to a sultry tune) especially go to the heart of Brooke’s eerie appeal. Brass, slide guitar, fiddle, and vibraphone add to the album’s ominous atmospherics.

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A Wonderfully Atmospheric Album

Some may argue that Rachel Brooke's attempt at releasing a mostly blues record was a success, but I am not sure I can agree with the total statement. Yes, the album is a success, actually in all honesty I would say it is my favorite album of the year (which is saying something with the incredible year it has been for album releases across genres), but I would argue against the idea of this being an attempt. To be fair, I am not sure if anyone is actually making this statement, but to be clear, this album is drastically different than what she has released before. Well, maybe with the exception of her Later Night Lover EP which although they share a couple of songs, these new versions add a different life to them, making them quite different I believe.

Throughout the last few albums, we have seen many different sides of Ms. Brooke, both through lyrical content and musicianship, but with her new release, A Killer's Dream, something seems different. What seemed, and was right before, now seems to be perfected. Although her voice is fantastic in other styles, the blues is where I believe it has found it's home. With that being said and as much as I want her to release a handful of blues albums, I wouldn't count on it. With her abilities in mind and her discography as support, Rachel Brooke doesn't seem content to find a home in one style-- take a look at the title track of this album for another example-- but she has reminded us time and time again that she doesn't have to.

This is a wonderfully atmospheric album. Backed by Viva Le Vox, a fantastic duet with Lonesome Wyatt, and a fun and energenic go-go/surf-esque ending, this album is not only great, but a masterpiece separate from comparison to any other album in this "scene"/"genre", including her own work. If Rachel Brooke decides to move away from her blues sound after this album, it may be disappointing in some ways, but I am ok with it for a couple of reasons. First, we have this fantastic album to return to time and time again. Second, although she doesn't have to, she has proved over and over again that she knows what she is doing. Congrats to Ms. Brooke and all those involved on another fantastic album.


Props to the boys from Viva le Vox for thier contribution on this great album.Fan-freakin-tastic.


good lord this is amazing

A Killer's Dream, Rachel Brooke
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