Friday, 3 August 2018

Angelica Rockne - Queen Of San Antonio


(This review first appeared in issue #72 of Shindig! magazine.)

Self Release LP

Gram Parson's vision of Comic American Music has seemingly come to full fruition in 2017. Not only has the year brought us stellar LPs by GospelbeacH and The Parson Red Heads, but now we have this late contender from Cali-Cowgirl Angelica Rockne that may well be the cream of the crop. It's a debut that's cosmic but real, emotional and honest, full of heart and soul and features a killer backing band. 'Smoking When It's Raining', 'Married By Elvis' and 'Glitter Rags' all help evoke an America of small towns, big but burnt dreams and open hearts.

Comparisons to Mazzy Star, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, Grace Slick and Ryan Adams all carry weight stylistically, but the girl from Nevada City proves herself to be her own person and by the end of the album's eight tracks the only option is to play again. Bears repeating and then some.