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  • Summary: The first solo album in over 11 years for the Georgia singer includes songs written for her by Andrew Bird, Vic Chesnutt, John Wesley Harding, Robyn Hitchcock, the Mekons' Jon Langford, Stephin Merritt, and M. Ward.
  • Record Label: Anti
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jun 4, 2012
    100
    I Like to Keep Myself in Pain works as both a career summing up and a fascinating introduction to one of the most accomplished, underappreciated vocalists of the last two decades.
  2. Jun 4, 2012
    90
    Hogan's style is refreshingly simple, honest, and strikes its target on every track; whether she's tackling country, pop, supper-club blues, or uptempo R&B, she can sing it right and make you a believer, and I Like to Keep Myself in Pain is the triumphant showcase her talent has deserved for far too long.
  3. Jun 4, 2012
    80
    The real standouts are "Daddy's Little Girl," in which M Ward puts her inside the head of Frank Sinatra, and the Jack Pendarvis-Andrew Bird collaboration "We Can't Have Have Things."
  4. Jul 16, 2012
    80
    After a career spent paying her dues, it's exhilarating to see Kelly Hogan step so effortlessly into a spotlight of her own.
  5. Jun 6, 2012
    77
    I Like to Keep Myself in Pain is a passionate, yet refined record, the culmination of all the years Hogan has spent quietly honing her craft, snug in the shadows of her more well-known peers.
  6. Jun 15, 2012
    70
    It's meta Loretta Lynn, played straight; when she wails on the faintly arch title track, the pain sounds like no joke.
  7. Jun 19, 2012
    60
    This is a merely pleasant album, and especially after 11 long years, pleasant is a low hurdle for such an inimitable singer.

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  1. Jun 18, 2012
    7
    Kelly Hogan being an artist of Neko Casse's backing band, has just released her fifth in career and first for over eleven years album, whoseKelly Hogan being an artist of Neko Casse's backing band, has just released her fifth in career and first for over eleven years album, whose greatest strength are undoubtedly lyrics. The album represented by tracks like "Golden" and "Sympathy Slumbers" shows their pop nature, but usually in a somewhat minimalist style - even by the occasion of exuberant songs - which is undoubtedly in the case of the artist a good move. Expand