Review – Rose-Erin Stokes

Album: Wherever I Go
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Genre: Folk/ Singer-Songwriter

Rose-Erin Stokes is a folk singer-songwriter from northern Ontario. Her album Wherever I Go was released on January 26, at which point Rose-Erin began her month-long tour across Ontario.

Wherever I Go is a collection of 11 love songs, and it’s truly a hidden gem. It starts off with “Always On My Mind,” a song that sounds the way nostalgia feels. When the drums begin they echo the rhythm of a heartbeat. The guitar lines are filling but not contradicting, and the track ends with ambient wind chimes, which aren’t jarring, despite this being their only presence in the track. This song, much like the rest of the album, is a song that makes the listener feel quiet and introspective.

My own personal favourite song on the album is “Wanderer,” a song filled with lyrics so lovely I rewound the track several times to hear them again. Select favourites include “maybe I’ve seen what there is to see/maybe I’m all that I can be/maybe you’ve had your fill of me” and “so if you find somebody who feels like home/hold them closely/don’t let them go.” 

Also notable is the song “Love Like This,” which has a faster pace than a lot of the other tracks, and sounds fun and bouncy. It also has the hopeful and beautiful lyric “open up your heart/open up your mind/a love like this doesn’t happen all the time/we could spend our whole lives getting by/or you could just fade into me tonight.” 

Overall, Wherever I Go is an album filled with Rose-Erin’s pretty vocals and authentic lyrics, tied together with great production and arrangements. I would recommend it to fans of Dodie Clark and early Taylor Swift. I hope to catch her singing live someday soon.

Tour Dates:
01.26 THE LOFT AT CHURCHILL’S // NORTH BAY
01.27 NLFB PRESENTS @ LITTLE MONTREAL // SUDBURY
01.29 GORE ST. CAFE // SAULT STE. MARIE
01.31 THE GARNET // PETERBOROUGH
02.01 MUSIIKKI // KINGSTON
02.02 OLD CHURCH THEATRE // TRENTON
02.03 BURDOCK // TORONTO
02.04 PORT PERRY // OLD FLAME BREWING
02.09 BRUCE WINE BAR // THORNBURY
02.10 GARAFRAXA CAFE // DURHAM
02.14 THE BRANCH // KEMPTVILLE
02.16 LIVE ON ELGIN // OTTAWA
02.23 HIGHLANDER BREWING CO. // SOUTH RIVER
02.24 CHAT NOIR BOOKS // NEW LISKEARD

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