Universally acknowledged as a minor masterpiece, Kite (1989) was only Kirsty s second album but it features much of her best work as both singer and songwriter. Witty, wistful and biting, with wonderful playing by the ensemble cast of musicians, highlights are numerous; notably the singles Free World, Innocence and her masterful hit cover of The Kinks Days. As her frequent collaborator Johnny Marr said: "Kite was the first time she'd expressed herself the way she really wanted to. By that time she'd really worked herself out as a songwriter... That was her first unified personal statement I think. I was really proud to be involved with it." Apart from the cover of Days, all the songs on Kite were written by Kirsty, some in partnership with guitarists Marr or Pete Glenister. As Q magazine put it at the time: "It's a cornucopia of great pop tunes and catchy choruses, one tumbling right after the other, with flawless arrangements ranging from reflective solo acoustic guitar to irresistibly sprightly fiddles and flowing, tasteful rock with a dash of country.... And lyrically , to find a whole album of such effortlessly executed wit and wordplay with a minimum contrivance - well, Elvis Costello must be just green with envy." You only have to play Kite once to appreciate why it is held in such high regard by all who heard it. Kirsty acted as her own guide, never leaping onto any bandwagon or musical trend that happened by and the songs sound as vibrant and fresh today as they did over 20 years ago.