CD review -Camille Bloom and the Recovery: Never Out Of Time
One woman army Camille Bloom is once again set to take on the world with her fourth full release Never Out of Time.
Seattle-based Bloom, a former high school English teacher who not only tours extensively but also runs a rock and roll summer camp and lectures in schools on topics such as songwriting, the music business, domestic violence , anxiety, and sexual orientation.
Accompanying her throaty alto with clever frantic acoustic guitar passages that twist and turn rhythmic figures on a dime, Bloom is joined by Danny Godinez on electric guitar and Jessica Kitzman on cello, who weave lovely harmonic figures throughout. Michael Cotta and Jim Watkins lay down a solid foundation on tasty drums and bass creating a progressive power pop landscape for Bloom’s tales of love, strength and hope, which are one part Ani DiFranco and one part Dave Mathews Band.
Compelling tracks “Just Because I’m a Friend,” and “Running Out of Time,” read like interventions or group therapy sessions. The haunting lament, “All of these Stains,” reminds us what a beautiful mess life can be. Pacific North westerners will recognize the appeal of “Lake Chelan,” but this tale of self-destruction could play out in any small town.
Bloom delivers her message that it is never too late to change ones fate with fire and passion, an artist at the top of her game.
Rick J Bowen
Originally appeared in Innocent Words Nov 2011