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
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.
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