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Camille Bloom
Never Out Of Time
(self-released)
www.camillebloom.com


From the theatrical pop swirls of "Here You Come Again" to the '50s style rockabilly intonations of "Top Of My Game" and the urban pop driven motifs of "Teeny Car," singer-songwriter-guitarist Camille Bloom is a versatile artist who bridges generations of rock 'n' rock from the power pop riffs of the '80s to the folk rock cinders of the '90s and the orchestral prog rock billows of the 2000's. Her new album Never Out Of Time features Michael Cotta on drums and percussion, Jim Watkins on bass, Danny Godinez on lead guitar, Jessika Kitzman on cello, and Gaelen Billingsley and Martin Feveyear on backing vocals. Her songs are interchangeable, able to be performed both acoustically and with electric elements displaying a progressive rock bent that's been kicked to the wayside recently.

The soft and flouncy cuts of "All Of These Stains" project a meditative ambience as Bloom describes, "All of these stains / Stripped away / All of these stains / Here to stay… All of these stains / Whose to blame / All of these stains / Won't go away." Her contemporary approach to folk rock is refreshing, reminiscent of Australia's Marisa Yeaman as Bloom harnesses "I Know You Know I Know" in slow contemplative tempos and fast moving thrusts segueing the rhythm changes from one to the next seamlessly. Though this is only Bloom's fourth album, she executes the tracks with the seasoning of a veteran performer. She has a strong sense of melodic transitions and dynamic progressions that make songs like "Tonight" and "Why" stand out. There is a purity in her songs, which will make them attractive to mainstream audiences while being unaffected by the strictures of commercial pop. The elegant spirals of Kitzman's cello add texture to the folk rock bedding, sprucing up tracks like "Running Out Of Time" and "You Still Fall Down" with sprigs of sprinting movements, while rock-oriented tracks like "Just Because I'm A Friend" and "Here You Come Again" have the gusto of Pat Benatar-meets-Pink.

Bloom's tracks are personable while gilded gracefully in both acoustic and electric elements. From the first listen of Never Out Of Time, it's recognizable that Camille Bloom is a genuine singer-songwriter who's not in it for the glory of being a stage performer, but because making music speaks to her in a way that nothing else can. She makes every moment spent listening to her songs special.

-Susan Frances

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