Rob Roper's second solo EP shows his further development, both as a songwriter and a singer. In contrast to his first EP, "Some Songs I Wrote", Roper sought out Brian Hunter of Sawtelle Studios at Swallow Hill in Denver to record this one.
Also in contrast to "Some Songs", where Roper played all the instruments, he brought in other musicians to chip in. Julie Oxenford-O'Brian plays sweet violin parts to "Me" and "You Could Have Had Me", and Mandy Malone plays a hot country fiddle on "Like a Child". Angie Lucht contributes a wonderfully melancholy backing vocal to "Like a Child". Ed Skibbe plays a great solo piano for the sad "I Miss Me". Roper's only solo acoustic song is the last, "Daddy's Little Girl".
Well, not really the last. There's a hidden track, foreshadowing the 2011 release, "Misfit".
The EP is housed in a simple cardboard sleeve, featuring beautiful artwork by Nick Jackson.
"Rob is the troubadour of the misfit...and bless him for it. He has the voice for those of us who ran into road construction on the highway to life’s grandest hopes and dreams. Rob sings of the humor and disappointment most of us encounter on our less than perfect journeys through this life. But even when the subject matter turns the darkest, even in his bleakest laments, there is a human voice of solidarity and of hope showing at the edges of the despair...the kind of hope and solidarity that could actually save a life. Rob’s best tune on the album is “You Could Have Had Me.” If it isn’t speaking to a universal for the rest of us less than winners, then what the hell is music for? Buy his EP and listen to it when it when it actually matters...when you need a little hope at the edges of your darkness." --Kurt Loken