- See Kathryn Williams' favourite albums in her Amazon.co.uk guest edit.
Not quite all of Relations works. The version of Nirvana's "All Apologies" aims for deceptive innocence, but just sounds twee. The take on Lee Hazlewood's "Easy and Me" is a nice try, but hobbled by an annoying stop-start arrangement. For the most part though, Relations is a startling collection of things that just shouldn't work, but they do. Anyone attempting Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is dooming themselves to toil in the shadow of Jeff Buckley's definitive version, but Williams, in a live recording, applies a slightly lighter touch with tremendous results. She performs similar small miracles with Neil Young's "Birds" and The Byrds' "The Ballad of Easy Rider". --Andrew Mueller
I often play it last thing at night, but as it's so relaxing and moody I rarely get to hear the last tracks, as I go into zzzzzz time. So I know the first half of the album very well. Must rig my CD player to play in reverse order.
I don't normally go for the soft reflective songstress type, but this time I've picked a winner.
Thanks to Mr J. Ross for promoting the album on the radio so much.
The only questionable choice is a live rendition of Leonard Cohen's iconic 'Hallelujah', already over-covered and William's rather plodding version does not stand comparison to the stratospheric standards set by John Cale and Jeff Buckley's versions.
However, mostly this is a triumph, particularly when she lets her still young sounding voice and unhidden Northern vowels wring the emotion out of songs such as 'In A Broken Dream' and The Bee Gee's 'I Started A Joke'. Perhaps best of all is her inspired reading of Kurt Cobain's 'All Apologies', a dark and swirling cello-whipped version that leaves the listener feeling distinctly unsettled.
Here's hoping this exercise has re-invigorated Williams and that her next set of originals will incorporate some of these new found textures and styles.
this album is 100% beautiful. kathryn williams is one of the best artists around at the moment, she has the unique quality of being able to make you laugh and cry and doesn't disappoint with this album.
it is impossible for me to pick out my favourite track as they are all so brilliantly and thoughtfully arranged amd performed.
anyone reading this BUY IT NOW!!!