To quote Blues Traveler, there’s not a “hip three-minute ditty” to be found on this live album. Seattle-based acoustic rocker Camille Bloom is plenty hip—there’s just no way that she could squeeze the twisty arcs of these songs into a short, three-minute track.
In the hands of a lesser artist, the vocal emotion in these songs might seem indulgent, but, to Bloom’s credit, she remains allegiant to the listener the whole time she journeys from coo to howl and back down to purr.
Bloom’s backing band, The Recovery, features electric bass, cello, hand percussion, drum kit and lead guitar—but the most outstanding element of the collective has to be Gaelen Billingsley’s searing vocal support. The backup harmonies delivered by Billingsley (a psychotherapist in real life) are truly remarkable; she has Bloom’s every vocal quaver nailed, yet still sounds like a living breathing human being.
And as for the writing, the lyrics here are definitely informed by a certain Ms. DiFranco. But the blade on Bloom’s self-described “edgy acoustic rock” is not so sharp as to keep you from playing this album on a road trip with your mom.
Camille Bloom and the Recovery play their CD-release party at Lake Missoula Cellars Friday, July 11, at 7 PM. $12.