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  • Audio CD (4 Jan. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Records
  • ASIN: B000002KYA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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After the relative disappointment of Nurds, Robert Fripp's return as producer coincided with another tour de force on this album, with a whole series of tracks that stick in the mind for their emotion and humour, combined with the, as ever, wonderful harmonies of Maggie, Terre and Suzzy Roche. After the intro of the Hallelujah Chorus, Keep on Doing really gets going with with the aching Losing True, penned by Maggie, and does not go down hill from there, having further self-penned classics such as I Fell in Love and the title track, along with the more traditional folk of On The Road to Fairfax County. Ably accompanied by the occasional Fripperies and Mr Fripp's other friends from King Crimson this is a collection which deserves a much wider listening than it ever received.
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If you like folk-tinged harmony singing, whacky, catchy tunes with clever lyrics and strong female voices, you'll love this album. I bought it on vinyl when it first came out and I'm still listening to it. From the Hallelujah Chorus through to Keep On Doing, I'd be surprised if there's a track you won't like. Buy it, listen, and then marvel that we haven't heard more of this great group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Roches Album 18 Dec. 2000
By David Kleist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The harmonies of the Roches are singular. Their songwriting talents also are remarkable, and for me, KEEP ON DOIN' is the best of both worlds. Here, find their signature acapella version of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus"; their best original song (by my lights), "Losing True," whose remarkable harmonies combine with tricky but artistically perfect wordplay to create a masterpiece about heartbreak and longing (Robert Fripp's embellishing guitarwork also is wonderful here); "Want Not," a brilliant companion piece (albeit inadvertent) to Tim Miller's HOW TO WANT WHAT YOU HAVE; the stunning rendition of the folksong "On the Road to Fairfax County"; the title track "Keep On Doin'/Jerks on the Loose," which truly is an anthem for any contemporary idealist; well, it goes on and on (the cryptic but evocative "Scorpion Lament" and "Steady with the Maestro"; the hilarious/poignant "Sex Is for Children"; etc.).
I was very, very fortunate to see Maggie and Suzzy in concert at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA on 16 December 2000. Although "Want Not" isn't something they perform frequently these days, they tried it (at my prodding) and did a stupendous job. (I also requested "Losing True," but Maggie said she'd "have to sit down" in order to try that one--the harmonies are taxing--but it was not meant to be that particular evening.)
The Roches deserve far more popular recognition than they have received. Check out their entire oeuvre: none of their work disappoints; all of it surprises; and each song is crafted with such love and attention, you'll wonder why you never realized that "The Married Men" was THEIR original song!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb Roches album 29 April 2002
By Catherine S. Vodrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Roches are so hard to categorize simply because they so deftly manage songs that echo mountain music, rock and roll, folk, techno-pop, and beyond.
This album is an excellent example of their polymathic tendencies. On their rendition of Georg Friedrich Handel's famous "Hallelujah Chorus" from "Messiah," they do splendid three-part harmony, keeping totally to Handel's music and lyrics while somehow managing to inject their usual wittiness into the arrangement. When I saw them perform this in Pittsburgh about ten years ago, they enhanced the disconnect between their reputations and Handel's by huddling together, shoulder to shoulder, dressed in black leather jackets and affecting "tough guy" expressions. Their soaring harmonies that night were brought down to earth by the occasional hilarious yawn, eyes rolled heavenward, and meticulous examination of their fingernails--all of which highlighted the casualness with which they can toss off the most exquisitely harmonious music.
True to form, most of the songs herein are written by the Roches themselves. While Maggie usually does the honors in the songwriting department (and acquits herself admirably here with "Losing True," among others), Terre and Suzzy also do a couple of star turns with "Keep On Doing What You Do/Jerks on the Loose" and "I Fell In Love," just to name a couple. "I Fell In Love," especially, has a wonderfully meandering feel to the music while sharply detailing the ups and downs of teenage love:
"I knew there was something about you that I liked, yeah,
But I only realized it when I spied you
At your mother's house last week
I'd only ever seen you on your bike, yeah,
I thought you were a slick affected
Switchblade-flashing motorcycle freak . . .
I fell in love, I fell in love, I fell in love."
On the unfortunately named "Sex is For Children," the Roches take the words from an old A. A. Milne poem about a baby named Timothy Tim and string them together with a wiry, muscular electric guitar sequence that is positively addictive.
Finally, on "On the Road to Fairfax County" (a David Massengill tune finely done in the tradition of traditional gothic romance tunes like "Barbara Allen"), the Roches sound as though they are bunch of witchy Irish sisters, singing around the fire in a peat bog somewhere, applying their seamless harmonies to a gruesome yet musically gorgeous tale of love at first sight and death. The Roches outdo themselves pretty much everywhere on this very, very fine album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic folk album--you'll never hear better vocals 24 Sept. 1998
By rausifer@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Roches have always been known for their great vocals, but this time they combine them with lyrics that will amuse and touch you. This for me is their greatest work, and I have all their albums.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep on Doing by the Roches 17 Dec. 2002
By Elliott Jacobowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album. If the only Roches album you know is the first one (the Roches), you might be initially disappointed with this one, since the "the Roches" is such an incredible album. But when you start listening to this, you realize bit by bit that the songwriting is still great here. The harmonies and the arrangements are wonderful. I think my favorite tune is actually not written by them, " On the Road to Fairfax County". But they do an amazing job with the arrangement and the performance. If you don't fall in love with Maggie Roche, you may not be listening hard enough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childlike, quirky folk never bettered by its makers 18 July 2004
By mianfei - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Keep On Doing", a reunion with Robert Fripp, showed the Roches perfecting - to a degree they would never do later - the approach of their first two albums.

Whilst all the childlike naivette and understated simplicity of such highlights as "The Death Of Suzzy Roche" from those two albums remains, on "Keep On Doing" the sisters combine it with a degree of infectious energy they would never again equal.

The beautiful harmonies of the opener "The Hallelujah Chorus" are instantly memorable and remind one of a more fiery, stripped-down version of Steeleye Span's "Gaudete", whilst the beautiful "Losing True" and "The Scorpion Lament" wreak with tenderness and feeling, as does the funny yet serious "The Largest Elizabeth In The World", which seems to be a warning against trying to take power for oneself. "Sex Is For Children" was almost funky in its use of electronics, but the way in which the Roches make every note memorable is indeed surprising.

The accessible, hooky "I Fell In Love" showed the band developing its quirky harmonies onto deeply romantic themes, but the intense "Want Not Want Not" with its naive yet remarkably intense, moody, even ecstatic power, is the real stunner here. A motto of indifference, yes, but "Want Not Want Not" seemingly existed in its own time amidst the sisters' remarkably resonant shrieks against the consumerist manifesto of the modern age. The ringing piano adds more than a contrast of tone to the sisters' guitars, as does the impassioned plea "I wish there was a true love" in the middle of the song.

The last album the Roches would record for Warners, its commercial failure (reaching only #183 on Billboard) was hardly surprising, but never would the Roches capture the same degree of power, wisdom and beauty that "Keep On Doing" possessed.
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