Surrounded by music her entire life, Louise Goffin started learning piano very early in her childhood and eventually began to write her own songs. By the late 70’s, she released her debut album, Kid Blue at the young age of 16. Inevitably however, comparisons to her mother left the album with only a lukewarm reception, despite Goffin being so young at the time of its recording.
A sophomore album was released a couple of years later, but met with similar results and Goffin wouldn’t resurface with new material until 1988’s This Is The Place.
But it wasn’t until fourteen years later that Goffin would re-emerge with her fourth album, Sometimes A Circle. Armed with strong pop sound and a perfectly ripened voice, Goffin can finally boast an album that has all the goods.
What’s nice about Sometimes A Circle is Goffin’s willingness to experiment. The songs found here are well-polished, but not enough to spoil the songwriting. And Goffin’s usage of muffled sound effects and filtered noise add enough quirk to lift these tracks to a higher level and cause immediate appeal.
‘Instant Photo,’ is one of the many instantly infectious tracks to be found here, employing these said quirks and a strong chorus which will demand repeat listens. And Goffin’s distinctive voice provides a cozy and sexy tinge to ‘What A Waste Of A Perfectly Good Hotel Room,’ a delicious ode to being lovesick.
Fix my hair for an instant photo
Two for me and two for you
Fix my sights on a big tomorrow
When I get out of the rat race.
~ Louise Goffin
‘More Of It,’ is a new song by Goffin which I presume will be included in her follow-up to Sometimes A Circle. It continues with Goffin’s experimental pop sound which at this point, is definitely a winning ingredient.
Since 2000, Goffin seems to have rejuvenated her music career. Besides her most recent album, she can also be heard every week during the opening credits of Gilmore Girls, where she and her mother have recorded King’s ‘Where You Lead I Will Follow.’
And while it is perhaps unfortunate that Goffin will never be able to fully separate herself from her famous parents in the eyes of the public, it’s nice to know she’s got a talent that is completely her own.