• Sam Poole

Heard It In A Past Life - Maggie Rogers: ALBUM REVIEW

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

“"Beautiful how it all pours out, after dark, after life…”

This woman is one of the most amazing artists in the world right now and I knew it from the moment I heard the opening track. Maggie Rogers writes, produces and performs some of the best music in the world. Her voice is like something from dream and has an unbelievably strong low alto sound and emotion and authenticity that is comparable to Annie Lennox. This is an unprecedented album and is without a doubt, one of the best of year and maybe even of this decade.

Opening with one of the most ear grabbing intros in Pop music right now, “Give A Little” is loaded with an amazing funk feel loaded with syncopations, some incredibly tight vocal arrangements, a melody that just won’t let up, and performances of the highest quality by every musician. As she tells us “maybe we could get to know each other…”, you want nothing more than to get to know the phenomenon that is Maggie Rogers.

She follows the amazing opener with the catchiest, most well produced, blend of alternative and pop almost ever made. The heartbreak dance “Overnight” plays with hemiolas that make you feel like things just don’t quite add up. Almost like “people changing overnight, things get strange…”. “The Knife” gets the perfect combination of the highest level of chorus writing and the slickest part writing in the guitar and bass. “Alaska” - the song that launched her fame - is just nothing short of wonderful, catchy, with instrumentation that works so well together that you’d swear it’s all coming from one instrument.

There are so many amazing songs on this album. “Light On, “Past Life”, “Say It”, “On + Off” and honestly, the entire album. Every song is just so well written, extremely well produced and played to the highest level of technical ability and musicality. Maggie Rogers is one of the greatest artists in the world right now and I cannot wait for everything she will continue to do in the future.

I was lucky enough to see Maggie Rogers live at Echo Beach on July 31, 2019 and it was everything I expected and then some. She was able to engage the crowd from the moment she stepped on stage and never let them out of her grasp for 100 minutes. A stage presence very reminiscent of Steven Tyler, she held her and her band up to such a high level or professionalism that you could not take your eyes off of her. Performing everything off of HEARD IT IN A PAST LIFE, her EP: NOW THAT THE LIGHT IS FADING, and even her in between single, “Split-Stones”, she did not hold anything back for her biggest headlining performance to date, standing tall at 7,000 strong.

I am proud to be alive in the same time as Maggie Rogers is making music. She is well on her way to becoming the biggest pop-star in the world and I cannot wait for everyone to see it.

HIGHLIGHTS: “Overnight”, “The Knife”, “Light On”, “Say It”, “On + Off”, “Burning”

GRADE: 96 (A+)

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