I don’t think age has much to do with whether or not one does something or not, but it does have an effect on how well something is done. To quote the folk addled Canadian singer/ songwriter Alison Hogan about the reason to release her latest record, Songs from the Third Act, “Deciding to throw my music out to sink or swim in the tsunami of indies out there was a big step. I mean really, why bother? But dammit, it kept coming up on the bucket list of ‘things you need to do before you die.’”
Hogan is no stranger to the music business and this idea to put out a new record was not just a box to tick on the bucket list for someone who realizes that time is no longer infinite. Starting out back in the ‘70s Hogan opened for such folk artisans as the legendary Phil Ochs. In the ‘80s she discovered synth-pop, won some song writing contests and got a trip to LA to record her song, “Another Girl” at MCA Universal in both English and Japanese. But now Hogan has returned to her folk roots and has released a batch of songs that look both backwards and forwards.
Songs from the Third Act opens with the spritely folk of “All the Kings Men” on which she uses the Humpty Dumpty metaphor for a shattered heart. Next comes the unfurled and out of left field clubby blues and jazz rumblings of “Laundromat Man” which is worth the price of admission alone.
Next comes the twangy and heartfelt “Hearts on Fire,” which later gives way to the equally twangy and country folk classicism of the beautifully sad “Doin’ Alright.” Not shying away from anything, Hogan takes on a hefty John Prine cover, “Far from Me” and pulls it off with the confidence as though she had written it herself.
Songs from the Third Act is a bildungsroman. It is recollections, reflections, tales of lives come and gone, of hardship and heartbreak, but also of strength and triumph. Here Hogan proves that it is really never too late for anyone. And with this newfound confidence, hopefully there are more acts to come.
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