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Sparkle Lane

Edward Rogers

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Album Review

After 2008's excellent sophomore immersion in power pop, Merseybeat, Revolver Beatles, Byrds, and baroque, the got-better-every-time-it-was-played You Haven't Been Where I've Been, New York's purveyor of '60s-spangled serenity turns his attention strictly to the baroque — in a foppish 1967 London vein. Between evoking Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist's Artful Dodger or Blighty's annual Guy Fawkes Night, Rogers betrays a dancehall Kinks, Turtles, and later Monkees predilection. (Well, after the opening "Symbols 'n Mascots" feints at new wave.) The strings-and-vocal bits are like the Hollies' Butterfly after hearing "Eleanor Rigby"; i.e., a light touch in an array of crafted styles. And Rogers still writes effortless melodies like the Left Banke and Nick Lowe, sung in a vague Brit accent like Hugh Cornwell. If not as gripping as You Haven't, Sparkle is more tasty candy. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, Rovi

Customer Reviews

jangly sparkly perfection!

brilliant songwriting, great production and musicianship. it sparkles indeed!


Born: Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Although born in Birmingham, England, songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Edward Rogers later relocated to New York City, where he funneled his classic pop influences into several power pop bands (including the Green Rooftops and the co-ed duo Bedsit Poets) as well as a solo career. Rogers grew up listening to the Anglo-pop sounds of the '60s and '70s, from the jangling psychedelia of the Byrds and the Zombies to such vocally driven groups as the Association and the Mamas & the Papas. After moving...
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