On "Because It Feel Good, Hogan rides the wild bummer and shamelessly wallows in torch songs for the down and dismayed. Kelly takes songs by the Statler Brothers, Randy Newman, Charlie Rich and Smog and gives them the full-on "hide under the covers after bedtime and listen to the forbidden radio" orchestrations of her youth.
Kelly Hogan loves country, rock, and soul just about equally, and with a voice as warm and sticky-sweet as a fresh pecan pie, she does justice to them all. Her third album takes things slow and sultry, making its predecessors seem rowdy in retrospect. The song selection follows a familiar formula--a pair of Hogan's own compositions, plus eight interpretations of forgotten favorites (like Randy Newman's "Living Without You" and the Statler Brothers' "I'll Go to My Grave Loving You") and contemporary diamonds in the rough (like Smog's "Strayed"). Guest star Andrew Bird's violin makes a melodrama of Hogan's break-up ballad "No Bobby Don't," while the other original, "Sugarbowl"--a tune packed with naughty double-entendres and featuring a mouth trumpet solo--is both playful and poignant. Best of all is "Please Don't Leave Me Lonely," a cover of New Orleans soul man King Floyd that smolders for three delicious minutes before bursting into flames. --Anders Smith Lindall
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