Lamothe's delivery enhances every track; on "Reclaim/Rearrange," she bounces along while sneaking in the line, "Wakin' up smellin' like peach and ginger, hot sex, beer, and regret." She summons Joni Mitchell on the title track ("You know that song about how I could drink a case of you") and welcomes the impending drama on "Looped." "Bloom" and "Red" are top-notch heartbreakers; the latter song and "Fool" ranks among her best yet. And the riff alone on "Rocky's" is pretty stunning.
" 'Rocky's' was written just a few days before we hit the studio, just me, my guitar and a few mics, and one take," Lamothe recalled. "It felt perfect, and everything Eric and Brendan added to it was perfect." An estranged loved one drops by on "Rocky's," but Lamothe will have no part in playing the victim: "I like it that you just stopped by to say hi/You sit on your side of the room and I'll sit on mine."
Similar to friend Callery, Lamothe excels in delivering a unique spin on the female acoustic songstress. "Kim's folk always seemed a little urban and funky to me, even though she lives in the country and works with flowers all day long," Callery told me, beaming with pride.
"Watching her grow through the years has been an honor, and seeing her perform with the band gets me teary-eyed," she said. "Kim and the Tree-oh have a lot of fun playing together and it shows.
"I am so proud of how far Kim has come, and I can't wait to see how far she goes."
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