Blue Roses Blue Roses

Blue Roses Blue Roses
Even though she gave the title to herself and the help that she enlisted from friends, family and strangers to make this record, Blue Roses is still essentially the poetic nature of Laura Groves, a fresh-faced soprano from Yorkshire, England. Groves' recording story is one to tell; on a mission, she found bedrooms, cafés, piano shops, churches and more to create the perfect atmosphere for her fairytales. Her guitar and piano talents take lead but the violin, toy xylophone and harmonica also make appearances, to name a few. Groves creates cloud-watching, daydreaming tracks such as the six minute-long "I Wish I...," a harmonious "Does Anyone Love Me Now?" and possibly the strongest on the record, "Rebecca." However, the relying theme on this record does not seem to be staying put to watch boats sail by; it's getting on the boats and finding something else (or someone else), as per the sunny reflective tune "I Am Leaving," to the planning in "The Coast," and the finale, "Imaginary Flights." She appreciates the magic she has built around her, but it is curious to find out where her journey will lead her next. (XL)