New Yorker Rogers lived his first 12 years of his life in Birmingham, which seems to have lent wry humour to his music - specifically this wondrous piece of elegiac glam rock (The Biba Crowd). It's a kind of musical equivalent to Jonathan Coe's The Rotter's Club.
-The Word Magazine
Without a doubt one of the most delightful surprises to land on the BLURT office stereo of late has been Porcelain by UK-born, NYC-based songwriter and classic pop maven Edward Rogers.
Man. Great songs spill out of this little bastard like raindrops. How does he do that?? On his latest collection, NYC-via-Birmingham's Sir Edward goes deeper into the woods, assimilating his veddy british '60s/70s as if intent on making sure you're aware of every single ingredient in the best bouillabaisse you've ever tasted.
Ex-pat Rogers sure knows how to pen a song and his skills as a bona fide wordsmith come up trumps. He also uses his voice to best effect - fragile if necessary, rising when required, but never full hog aggressive.
-Music News UK
Housed in a beautifully designed triple fold digipak sleeve, Porcelain spins like a non-strop string of hits. Kickass cuts include "The Biba Crowd," "Love With the World," "Topping the World," and "Fashion Magazine." Totally cool pure pop.
Porcelain works multiple sides of the fruitful ‘60s/’70s flowering of rock’s art pop culture, handling early ‘70s guitar rock curling “The Biba Crowd,” “Diamonds Amour,” and wry “Topping the World,” the James Williamson-Stooges-esque (yes!) “Separate Walls,” and the Dylan-meets-Badfinger “Love With the World” as fluently as baroque-stoked folk on “Nothing Too Clever” or the piano plucky “Link to the Chain.” Like loves The Left Banke, Kinks, and Zombies, Rogers realizes that the R in A&R (repertoire!) matters as much as groovy tunes.
Rogers never disappoints.
-The Big Takeover
Porcelain – might be fragile, but it’s undeniably beautiful. It’s also got a lot of class, for being old school. In a similar vein, the music of Edward Rogers touches on something long-gone and yet there it is – as solid as a porcelain plate – and just as beautiful. And his sound – so familiar, yet so new – might be just what we need in hard times like these: a post-9/11 world, with Wall Street “occupied” and Washington nearly bankrupt, Steve Jobs, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson all dead.
A songwriter whose technique can mirror legends like Bowie, Westerberg or Lou Reed, Edward Rogers knows how to craft a perfect rock record that delves into fiery New Wave, gentle chamber pop, and garage rock pummeling. There is truly something for everyone here, and for those who appreciate some diversity mixed in with layered guitar work and snarled vocals, this is an absolute must. In short,Porcelain is an accomplished blend of alt-pop, garage rock and glam pop that is undeniably contagious from the first listen.
Over the years, I have heard some spectacular rock n roll albums and now, I can add another album to that list. Porcelain is a cross between the Euro Rock scene and the 60′s-70′s American rock scene. If you call yourself a rock n roll enthusiast, this is a must have for your record collection. So mark your calendars for November 8th and make sure to pick this album up or forever be kicked out of your social circle.
There are elements of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, all fused with Rogers' songwriting that draws from the music he listened to in the early 70s. The album has a good side and a dark side and in the end it just shows how wide the palette is for Edward Rogers. If you're a fan of any of the aforementioned artists (and really how could anyone not be), definitely give "Porcelain" from Edward Rogers a listen.
We hear a lot of Ian Hunter (musically and vocally) throughout! EXCELLENT!
-Kook Kat Music
Porcelain takes the British pop of his childhood and blends it with the influences from his NYC life, resulting in memorable guitar riffage, mixed with chamber pop, new wave, and waiting garage rock. Sometimes soft with the keys, other times raw and snarled, a really great disc that resides somewhere between alternative, garage, and glam.
Edward Rogers’ Porcelain Hits Hard and Pure The Birmingham, UK expat’s new album Porcelain is his hardest-rocking effort so far, and not only is it his best, it’s also one of best straight-up rock records of the last couple of years.
-New Music Daily