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Editors’ Notes

Evolution is a recurring theme both literally and metaphorically on Bess Rogers’ Out of the Ocean. Taking inspiration from the Neil Shubin book Your Inner Fish, Rogers uses these songs to explore questions of instinct and free will in the context of human relationships. Tracks like “In the Waves” (a mermaid’s eerie song of seduction) and “Math & Science” (a look at love's biological imperatives) stand out lyrically for their expansive, mythic imagery, as well as their playful subject matter. “Anchor” and “Second Chance” display Rogers’ idiosyncratic way with romantic tunes, while “The Fittest” finds her in a bouncy (yet biting) Aimee Mann-ish mode. Producer Chris Kuffner helps Rogers stretch her sonic boundaries to include crunchy new wave–style rock (“Weak Link,” “I’ll Be Gone”), reflective acoustic folk (“Brick by Brick”), and even ukulele-driven pop with a flamenco accent (“Standing Tall”). Rogers’ vocals combine warmth with quiet strength, supported in spots by her sometime touring partner Ingrid Michaelson.

Customer Reviews


Hands down my favorite Bess Rogers record ever released in the history of Bess Rogers records.

Probably the best $10 I've spent...

...and it will be for you too.

PS: If you're the type that only wants to buy a couple songs, listen to them over and over for a month, then buy the rest of the album, or maybe you only have 3 dollars left if your account and have to wait till you get paid or find 7 dollars on the street or in the chairs at Barnes and favorite songs so far: Standing Tall, Anchor, and Water and Dirt.


So, I woke up early to buy this album, and maybe it is the lack of sleep, but this is probably the best cd I have heard all year! I'll go back to bed right now, but I have a feeling my opinion won't change on this.

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