Edward Rogers- You Haven’t Been Where I’ve Been

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, May 12, 2008

Depending on what era of music you’re talking about, the word pop could refer to a variety of different musical styles. In the case of British musician Edward Rogers, his “pop” is very influenced by the 60’s and 70’s British pop music with a hint of folk and blues as well. Four years after his debut solo release, Rogers is back with You Haven’t Been Where I’ve Been and has once again shown that he is a great songwriter capable of writing an album filled with variety and catchy tunes.

Though the British pop influences certainly show throughout the course of this album, one listen to this disc will reveal that Edward Rogers has a lot more to offer than simplistic pop music. Every song offers something a little bit different, from the blues/country ballad “It Took Years and Years and Years” or the indie rock sounding “I Can Hear the Bells”. Rogers has brought some guests with him as well, including Marty Willson-Piper from The Church and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds. The results are very impressive, and there isn’t a dull song on this release.

It also helps that Edward Rogers has a great voice and intelligent, mature lyrics. Some of you may assume that maturity in one’s music simply comes with age, but believe me we’ve seen some older songwriters pump out laughable music in recent years. This doesn’t occur with Edward Rogers compositions (and this isn’t to say that he’s that old either, just a little older than what some listeners consider pop right now), offering insightful and self reflective tracks. His voice is deeper than some of his counterparts, definitely standing out among the pack.

Edward Rogers may have taken four years to release another solo album, but it has been worth the wait. If you haven’t yet listened to this talented songwriter, definitely pick up You Haven’t Been Where I’ve Been. It isn’t often that a musician can mix British pop, folk, blues, country, and rock and create a mesmerizing album that is worthy of recognition, but Rogers has done just that.


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