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Crown Electric
Crown Electric
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A crowning achievement, 30 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Crown Electric (Audio CD)
Every since her 1999 debut 'Dog leap Stairs' through the Mercury nominated 'Little Black Numbers' and he collaborations with neill MacColl and myriad other projects, Kathryn has been one of the UK's most consistently excellent singer songwriters. This album, her tenth, seems to be the culmination of all of her work so far. There is a deep emotional strength in the music, the wonderful string arrangements that make the single, 'Heart Shaped Stone' fly with its catchy chorus (and bonkers video!). Highlights include the two tracks co-written with Ed Harcourt 'Morning Twilight' on which their voices harmonize beautifully and 'Sequins' underpinned by a lovely piano figure from Ed as Kathryn's moving and witty lyric confronts death with calm resolve and a smile. There are many sentiments expressed on the album that those striving to cope in the workaday world can relate to whether its the ennui of 'Monday Morning' or the feeling that time is slipping away and needing to make each second 'Count'.

For those already fans and those wanting a mature, reflective slice of melancholy, this album is a cause to celebrate. Against stiff competition this is the best album of her career.
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The Pond
The Pond
Price: 11.48

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pond - its deeper than you think., 30 May 2012
This review is from: The Pond (Audio CD)
Kathryn Williams has been quietly making some of the best records around since 1999 and now she with regular collaborator Simon Edwards and Ginny Clee have created a fresh environment for her voice. Edwards played on the beautiful Beth Gibbons & Rustin Mann LP and this has a very similar vibe about it. There is an organic folkie feel in 'Circles Round a Tree' which is classic Kathryn territory.

Yet the album also features more dance orientated rhythms and Indian influenced beats to great effect. Kathryn and Ginny's voices compliment each other wonderfully, producing little backing vocal loops that stick into your brain and won't let go. 'Bebop' builds from a choppy guitar riff into a woozy rap number with a nod to Gene Vincent. 'Evening Star' clatters along with spacey SFX bleeping and whooping it up. Throughout the album Kathryn's vocals draw you in and inhabit the songs with a melancholic mystery. This is not what you'd be expecting and it's a delightful surprise.

Friends say to me when I mention Kathryn Williams "oh yeah , I've got that what's it called Mercury album and the next one. Must get some of her new stuff" Well, stop annoying me, check this out for what you've been missing

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