Since her first two albums, Caroline Rose has been apt to shed her earlier sound for a more streamlined pop direction. In 2018 she proved she could head that route with Loner while expanding her fan base and growing her audience size. Now with her latest release Superstar, Rose has taken that direction even further. What that album has is plenty of pop jams with an even better set of songs and arrangements. If Rose was set to be a pop artist star, this album proves she’s well on her way in being just that.
The opening song “Nothing’s Impossible” employs varying synths and a hip hop scratch. While blossoming, you’re forced to take in all of the intricate layers of the song. The mesmerizing balance between Rose’s vocals and the beat clusters paves the way for the song’s catchy pacing to fill your ears with sound. While this layered arrangement intensifies on the next track “Got To Go My Own Way,” it’s the catchy colors throughout that stay with you.
The entirety of th album is rife with varying tones and upbeat strides. “Do You Think We’ll Last Forever?” paves the way for listeners to experience Rose’s falsetto while the track has these funky lines that make your head bop. “Someone New” takes its time, but it’s a bop from the jump. And “Command Z” has enough dark synths to play out at any nightclub around 1 a.m. But the continuing theme of the album is that these songs, while part of a narrative all hit like you wish most pop music would. All of the elements of the album come together on “Freak Like Me,” showcasing how far Rose has come since those early albums. Full on superstar or just a pop artist carving her own path, the winner here is whoever hears these songs.
Superstar can be purchased in multiple bundles and physical formats directly from New West Records. It’s also ready to stream on all streaming sites or to purchase from all digital outlets. Caroline Rose is on tour now, March 11 at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA until July 19 in Louisville, KY at Forecastle Festival. Her complete tour schedule is located here.
Image Credits: Photo by Cara Robbins.