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Maggie Rogers - Don't Forget Me (Album Review)

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 Written by Chris Connor

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Maggie Rogers built a solid reputation across her first two records — ‘Heard It In A Past Life’, propelled by the viral Alaska, and the expansive ‘Surrender’ — offering an exquisite blend of folk, pop, indie and classic singer-songwriter fare. Her third LP ‘Don’t Forget Me’ is a luscious patchwork of textures that displays her singular talent as an artist. 

The title track is a good place to start. Leaning on an acoustic palette, it finds Rogers in a reflective mood: her friends are getting married and she doesn’t want to be left behind. It may seem sombre but it’s hard not to be swept along by her storytelling ability, with the song’s sense of dislocation sure to resonate with many. 

It Was Coming All Along, meanwhile, is more upbeat, with some electronic tinges driven by its background bassline.

It is the perfect way to open the record, reflecting its autobiographical themes with snippets of phone calls interspersed throughout. It marries perfectly with Drunk, which captures a rougher side to her writing, especially in its chorus. 

The phone snippets return on the gorgeous, almost yacht rock Sick Of Dreaming. Rogers inhabits this new space with style to spare, pulling styles together to give the impression of a continuous story being told. The Kill shows her prowess as a guitarist, with lines vying for attention in the background and wonderfully accompanying the central narrative.

If Now Was Then is as close as we get to out-and-out pop, recalling her debut while remaining in keeping with the reflective themes of this record. I Still Do is a stripped-back track, built purely around Rogers’ vocals and piano, showing her strength as a vocalist and range as a songwriter and performer. It's spellbinding.

This is a perfectly weighted album, coming in at 35 minutes, and in deftly navigating so many genre flourishes Rogers appears to be at the peak of her powers. Its autobiographical nature and nuanced storytelling are captivating, while she deftly builds on the sounds of her first two records to craft a soothing, luscious work that will reward multiple listens. 

Maggie Rogers Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Sat April 13 2024 - NEW YORK New York - Irving Plaza Powered By Verizon 5G (USA)
Sun April 14 2024 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Theatre Of Living Arts (USA)
Tue April 16 2024 - BOSTON Massachusetts - Paradise Rock Club (USA)
Fri April 19 2024 - CHICAGO Illinois - House of Blues Chicago (USA)

Fri May 17 2024 - ASHEVILLE North Carolina - Grey Eagle (USA)
Thu May 23 2024 - SAN DIEGO California - Petco Park (USA)
Fri May 24 2024 - PHOENIX Arizona - Arizona Financial Theatre (USA)
Mon May 27 2024 - DENVER Colorado - Red Rocks Amphitheatre (USA)
Tue May 28 2024 - DENVER Colorado - Red Rocks Amphitheatre (USA)
Fri May 31 2024 - IRVING - Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory (USA)
Sat June 01 2024 - THE WOODLANDS - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (USA)
Mon June 03 2024 - ROGERS Arkansas - Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion - (AMP) (USA)
Wed June 05 2024 - INDIANAPOLIS Indiana - Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park (formerly TCU Amphitheater) (USA)
Fri June 07 2024 - CINCINNATI Ohio - ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park (USA)
Sat June 08 2024 - MILWAUKEE Wisconsin - BMO Harris Pavilion (USA)
Sun June 09 2024 - STERLING HEIGHTS Michigan - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill (USA)
Tue June 11 2024 - ALPHARETTA Georgia - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (USA)
Sun June 16 2024 - COLUMBIA Maryland - Merriweather Post Pavilion (USA)
Wed June 19 2024 - RALEIGH North Carolina - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek (USA)
Thu June 20 2024 - CHARLESTON South Carolina - Credit One Stadium (USA)
Sat June 22 2024 - MIAMI Florida - FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park Miami - Complex (USA)

Wed September 04 2024 - LONDON Hackney Empire
Thu September 05 2024 - LONDON Hackney Empire

Wed October 09 2024 - AUSTIN Texas - Moody Center ATX (USA)
Tue October 15 2024 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia (USA)
Thu October 17 2024 - BOSTON Massachusetts - TD Garden (USA)
Sat October 19 2024 - NEW YORK New York - Madison Square Garden (USA)
Tue October 22 2024 - TORONTO Ontario - Coca-Cola Coliseum (Canada)
Thu October 24 2024 - CHICAGO Illinois - United Center (USA)
Fri October 25 2024 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - Target Center (USA)
Tue October 29 2024 - SEATTLE Washington - Climate Pledge Arena (USA)
Wed October 30 2024 - PORTLAND Oregon - Moda Center at the Rose Quarter (USA)
Fri November 01 2024 - SAN FRANCISCO California - Chase Center (USA)
Sat November 02 2024 - LOS ANGELES California - Kia Forum (USA)

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