Clint Roberts, Rose Songs
Promising singer-songwriter Roberts exhibits a wry take on our current sad state of affairs on “Nero’s Waltz,” while “The Drifter” has a heartbreaking nonchalance redolent of John Hiatt. The largely acoustic set examines affairs of the heart as well as broadens out for a much wider world view. But whether looking at the big or small picture, Roberts delivers them all with authenticity, including a surprising country remake of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” Other top tracks include the gentle “Annabelle,” a musician’s apologetic ode to his wife for all the time he’s on the road, and the stately album closer, piano ballad “Carolina Moon.”
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