Band: Roses and Cigarettes; Members: Jenny Pagliaro: vocals; and Angela Petrilli: guitars and backup vocals
EP: ‘Acoustic Sessions’
Maintaining positive emotional and physical health is a top priority for many people, especially those who have contended with challenging hurdles. The personal health struggles that singer Jenny Pagliaro of the Los Angeles-based folk-rock group, Roses and Cigarettes, has coped with over the past few years have helped her create stunningly emotional songs with her bandmate, guitarist Angela Petrilli. The duo’s newly released, six-track Americana-country-pop EP, ‘Acoustic Sessions,’ is a sensational effort that effortlessly mixes the vulnerabilities the two women have faced with their determination to overcome any obstacle.
The initial entry on ‘Acoustic Sessions’ is ‘Another Way,’ which features passionate lyrics that are set against soulful guitar riffs. The Americana-driven song features vulnerable lyrics that powerfully emphasize how Pagliaro has pondered her life’s path after being diagnosed with cancer, after Roses and Cigarettes released its self-titled debut album in the spring of 2015. On the tune, which features a classic California sound, the singer strongly proclaims that she’ll always find a way to survive, no matter what obstacles she’s faced with.
The first track on Roses and Cigarettes’ debut EP is followed by the country-pop-inspired sophomore effort, ‘Feel the Fire.’ Pagliaro croons that she feels an emotional fire with the man she loves, as she determinedly fights to not let go of their connection.
‘Acoustic Sessions’ then delves into its third entry, ‘Back to You,’ which features charming and mellow country-Americana guitar riffs. The singer enthrallingly croons that she’s searching down a road that leads nowhere. She exposes her doubts about her connection with the man she loves, which includes not quite believing him when he says that he loves her. Despite her apprehension, he’s still all she wants, and she keeps going back to him. Pagliaro chooses not to see what’s really going on, as nothing else matters to her when she’s lying next to him.
The next song on the duo’s new EP is the rock-inspired ‘Echoes and Silence.’ The singer emotionally croons about how things are changing, and how she can’t always find her way out of challenges.
The penultimate track on ‘Acoustic Sessions’ is the pop-infused ‘Shelter.’ Backed by a stunning guitar, Pagliaro admits that that she’s addicted to the man she loves, but she knows that it won’t last. She admits that she also knows a turbulent storm is head their way, by she’s too far gone in her life to leave him.
The final entry on Roses and Cigarettes’ debut EP is its best tune, ‘Whiskey Down.’ The song features an enthralling rock-inspired acoustic guitar and country-infused vocals. The singer grippingly admits that she woke up one day to find that the man she loved was gone. Featuring an intriguing influence from Alanis Morissette, in terms of Pagliaro’s vocals and the overall confessional pop sensibility, the Roses and Cigarettes singer proclaims that this will be the last time the man she loves will ever leave her. The women’s independence anthem would surely be performed well live, as the woman scorned will push the limits of what’s right and wrong.
Upholding positive emotional and physical health is a top priority for many people, especially those who have contended with difficult challenges. The personal health struggles that Pagliaro has coped with in recent years has aided the singer in creating enthrallingly emotional tracks with Petrilli for the folk-rock-inspired ‘Acoustic Sessions.’ Roses and Cigarettes’ Americana-country-pop EP is a sensational effort that effortlessly mixes the vulnerabilities the two women have faced with their determination to overcome any obstacle they face in life.