Well, I certainly was not expecting to fall so hard for the opening act of one of my all time favorite songwriters, but it happened this past weekend. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Rose Cousins. For only hearing of her five days ago, I am finding myself searching in every nook and cranny of the world wide web to find out everything I can about her. I am slightly ashamed of myself that I went to school in Boston and hadn’t ever heard of her – while she is a native of Canada, she does much of her U.S. work in Boston. She has the thought-provoking lyrics of Joni Mitchell, beautiful melodies of Sara Bareilles, and the wit (and very similar face) of Kristen Wiig. Who knew, right? We Have Made A Spark, released just last month, will take the words you couldn’t say, put them into stunningly simple songs, and then leave you speechless again. The sincerity in her lyrics and vulnerability in her voice will make anyone want to listen to this album over and over. “The Darkness”, placed perfectly as the opening track on this album, is definitely the song to draw you in with that great upbeat, folk sound. The rest of the album, for the most part, has a much more somber tone to it, including my favorite track (for now, at least) “For The Best”- a song about choosing to say goodbye to a relationship that you know won’t last before more damage is done (who hasn’t been there?) paired with the most beautiful chorus I’ve heard in, well, I can’t even put a date or comparison to it. I find myself constantly going back to this track. To top it all off, Rose does this incredible cover of none other than The Boss himself (That’s Bruce Springsteen, for those of you who don’t know)! “If I Should Fall Behind” is the track she bravely covers. Being a huge fan of his, I was nervous but so happy to hear this and really enjoy it. Although, since it’s towards the end of the album I should’ve known at that point that she was going to do it justice. Other tracks to keep an eye out for: “The Shell”, “What I See”, “Go First”, “This Light”.
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