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Because It Feel Good

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I'll Go To My Grave Loving You
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In Time
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Strayed
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No, Bobby Don't
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Speedfreak Lullaby
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Please Don't Leave Me Lonely
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(You Don't Know) The First Thing About Blue
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Sugarbowl
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Living Without You
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Stay
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 33:15

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The voice of an Angel

RockingMagpie

This is still one of my Top 10 favourite country albums of all time (a list that keeps changing). Kelly's voice is sublime and I only wish she could be bothered to record more oftan; although her live gigs in the last 4 years have vered towards Jazz/Prog which isn't really my cup of tea. PS Kelly and Neko are on the new Jakob Dylan cd which is worth checking out too.

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Better than good

Average-Nights-Jack

This surprised me, "Because it feel good" is really quite classy and mature; quite some distance from accepted mainstream country. Agreed with the previous Neko Case reference, but in my eyes even more refined. Well worth the download.

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No Bobby Don't

sar007

I loved this song in the Daltry Calhoun movie... A great song!

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A most beautiful Voice.

Desch

For anyone who knows about Neko Case, they should and probably do know about Kelly Hogan. I personally am a bit more partial to Neko but Miss Hogan is very close in talent. This album is extremely exquisite in phrasing and tone. Very highly recommended from a big Neko Case fan.

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Interview: Kelly Hogan

By Ashley Melzer, Contributor

It's no surprise that Kelly Hogan has made a few friends through the years. The Wisconsin-based singer's career is a storied one. She started in Atlanta with The Jody Grind, changed gears for a turn as one of the Rock*A*Teens, then settled in for a spell as the honey voiced sweetheart of the Chicago roots scene. Along the way, she took a turn as publicist and then artist for Bloodshot Records, painted a few houses… more »

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You certainly can’t accuse Kelly Hogan of dishing up “more of the same” on her third solo album, Because It Feel Good — while her previous release, Beneath the Country Underdog, was a solid and satisfying dose of rootsy C&W and R&B, Because It Feel Good aims for something a good bit more expressive, and much harder to pigeonhole. Hogan has once again teamed up with a handful of superb Chicago-area musicians (including guitarist Andy Hopkins, pedal steel virtuoso Jon Rauhouse, and violinist Andrew Bird, taking a breather from his own band Bowl of Fire), but she’s also enlisted David Barbe (best known as the former bassist with Sugar) as producer, and with Barbe’s help Hogan has gone for a broader and more impressionistic sound for this album. The opening cut, a cover of the Statler Brothers’ hit “I’ll Go to My Grave Loving You,” sets the tone with its echoey, skeletal guitar patterns, stark and boomy percussion, and Hogan’s beautiful, ethereal voice soaring above it all, achieving an effect that’s at once gorgeous, heart-tugging, and a little ominous. It’s a daring approach and a bravura performance, and it works superbly on both levels. While much of Because It Feel Good takes a somewhat more traditional approach (particularly the low-key weeper “(You Don’t Know) The First Thing About Love” and the soulful “Please Don’t Leave Me Lonely”), for the most part the album strays admirably far from the formulaic constraints of typical alt-country, and Hogan proves just how broad and how keen her talent is. While there are only two originals from Hogan and Hopkins, they’re both superb, and as she recasts songs by Charlie Rich, Smog, and Randy Newman — often without changing the gender of the main characters and always with taste, intelligence, and a simply gorgeous voice — she makes it clear she’s one of the finest and most imaginative interpretive singers of her generation. If you’re looking for updated honky tonk, this might not be your cup of tea, but if you want to hear a gifted and imaginative singer make the most of a diverse collection of fine tunes, then Kelly Hogan’s Because It Feel Good deserves a place in your CD player. – Mark Deming

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