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Here We Go

by Karen Savoca

Ballads evoking loneliness and pain, feet stomping tempos with bubbling bass and front porch/junkyard guitars.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bittersweet
4:16 $0.99
2. Wide And Deep
4:26 $0.99
3. In Conversation
4:17 $0.99
4. Rain On A Tin Roof
3:40 $0.99
5. Runnin'
4:52 $0.99
6. Woman In A Frame
5:25 $0.99
7. Same All Over
3:57 $0.99
8. If I Could Forgive You
3:11 $0.99
9. Clear Blue Summer
5:25 $0.99
10. Another day
3:39 $0.99
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Review from RAMBLES: http://www.rambles.net/savoca_here.html

Dangerous. This CD should come with a sticker: "Warning! This record can be hazardous!" It makes you forget the things you're supposed to do all day long. You put the CD into the player and summer arrives out of nowhere. Then Karen Savoca starts to sing and her voice glides through the songs. And that is when you start melting away for sure.

Here We Go is Savoca's fourth CD. This one was recorded at her home studio, a renovated old church in upstate New York. And that is maybe part of the magic, too. There's a lot of quietness here, giving the music time and space to develop and breathe. It's music that shuts you up, as if it were a sacrilege to even whisper until the very last note has left the loudspeakers. Still, there is nothing fragile about Savoca's voice. It purrs like a wild cat, it glows like the the polar light, always with taste and grace. She is only too aware of the diamond that is hidden beneath her skin. There doesn't seem to be a single moment when she's not in control of even the slightest movement of her vocal chords.

In a way you could call this a lazy record -- other musicians might feel the need to fill up the music, put in more riffs, more instruments, more of everything. But for Savoca less is more. One needs talent and self-confidence for this -- two things she has in abundance.

Her style includes great pop sensibilities with slight overtones of jazz, funk and blues. The music that comes with the voice is the perfect companion. Savoca handles percussion and occasionally plays the acoustic guitar, piano and clavinet. Her partner and co-producer, Pete Heitzman, plays mandolin, guitars and bass on a few tracks. They are ably helped out by T-Bone Wolk, who is responsible for the bass most of the time and for the wonderful accordion on two tracks. Only one of the songs includes a drum kit, so the whole sound remains mainly acoustic. The beauty of the sound lies in the fact that it doesn't try to outshine Savoca's voice. The music follows the path of the vocals closely, thus creating a unity full of grace.

Bitter and sweet things in life seem to be the topics Savoca are most concerned about. Sometimes she's tongue in cheek, as in "In Conversation," about a guy who's unwilling to grow up and take responsibilty, or sometimes sad and full of melancholy as in "Rain on a Tin Roof," which is about one of those days when the bad weather is the equivalent of one's state of mind. "Same All Over" manages to be funny and serious at the same time, about people who, being people, do exactly the opposite of what they should be doing: ''You drink coffee when you need to sleep / Give away the things you meant to keep / You hang your clothes out just before the rain.''

Karen Savoca can inspire awe among other musicians as well as fans, and this CD should help her to make the next step, from a musician's musician to an artist stored deeply within the minds of people with a knack for music with a certain something extra. It's Karen Savoca time, let the spell begin.

[ by Michael Gasser ] RAMBLES MAGAZINE



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Insightful, soothing and addictive!
I've been hooked on this album ever since a friend brought one back from a folk festival a few years back, and now I buy it for friends. It's music that makes you stop what you're doing, migrate to the nearest couch, close your eyes and listen. I almost guarantee there will be at least one song on the album you relate to so closely you'll get chills down your spine when you hear it.

Jody Seltzer

Too good to be true
Karen Savoca's voice is her signature. She uses it like an instrument to take you on an emotional journey. She is a warm and wonderful professional. She is powerful and impassioned. Give her a listen, she won't disappoint.


Nice. Bought this and All My Excuses together. Good combination.

Jean-Pierre Garau

I first heard Woman In A Frame on David Christensen's Eclecticity music program on OPB Radio - I was amazed and delighted and very glad to purchase Here We Go from CD Baby and enjoy the songwriting, singing, playing and production of the whole record. Very cool vibe and I hope to her Karen live sometime.


Great songs, harmonious voice and instrumentals, enjoy replaying often
I really enjoy hearing this record again and again. The songs are great, Karen's voice is delightful, and the harmonious blend of voice and instruments is a pleasure. I like this CD much better than All My Excuses; the songs are cathchier and more upbeat. Even the sad or angry songs contribute somehow to a very happy-feeling record.

Mike Flood

So Great to Hear Karen's Voice and Peter's Playing Again!!
I used to dance with Terrie to Peter and Karen in Syracuse years ago. This CD, like the others I have from that bygone era is a personal, warm, intelligent delight to behold. These two have talent to burn, and they do...right into the CD.