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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An original and unusual album
This album is distinguished by some beautiful and inventive arrangements. It is not a folk album, it is not a pop album, it is not an indie album. It's essentially unable to be categorised as one thing, and this is one of its best attributes. It may not prove immediately digestible, but one warms to the tracks with each successive listen. The title track is particularly...
Published on 17 Jun 2002 by M. Brown

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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please stop going on about your knickers, Katy
Katy Carr sounds rather like your racy, slightly hippyish older aunt, who's had a few too many glasses of Chardonnay at a family occasion and is embarrassingly intent on expressing herself. I feel the urge to call her a taxi and usher her home before she does something even more humiliating than banging on about the loss of her knickers, but if you're prone to...
Published on 9 Sep 2003


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An original and unusual album, 17 Jun 2002
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This review is from: Screwing Lies (Audio CD)
This album is distinguished by some beautiful and inventive arrangements. It is not a folk album, it is not a pop album, it is not an indie album. It's essentially unable to be categorised as one thing, and this is one of its best attributes. It may not prove immediately digestible, but one warms to the tracks with each successive listen. The title track is particularly excellent. Katy begins off with an uncanny impression of PJ Harvey, though Kate Bush tries to get a piece of the pie. Then Katy's own clear voice rushes through on an elegant chorus. Moscow Child has beautiful strings, and is reminiscent of early Tori Amos. The last three tracks on the album suggest a keen sense of ecleticism, and show Katy's talent at its best, straddling various genres with her compositions. The album begins and ends with the folky 'Ramble My Rose', the second version being starker and more beautiful. Overall, the album is a flawed but intriguing and appealing debut.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 5 Feb 2003
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I bought this CD after catching Katy live in London a couple of times and its refreshing to find someone who actually cares about the finished product when there's so much "manufactured music" being churned out nowadays.
Although i've read a few reviews about this album and about Katy being likend to Kate Bush and Tori Amos etc,well to me she is unique,touching on issues that Kate Bush wouldn't have dared sung about.In particular the outrageous "knickers" which conjurs up an erotic picture which would make any red blooded male want to rush home from work to do the washing up!
Shut your eyes and listen to this work of art and it can take you anywhere you want to go!
Im sure you will hearing a lot more of Katy Carr in the future.Fantastic!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly modern addition to an ancient tradition, 12 Mar 2003
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Folk music seems to have a somewhat blemished reputation these days. Personally, I blame the sanitisation, which neglects the true traditions of sex, death and blood-revenge (something for everyone!). Thankfully, Katy Carr rescues these and puts them in a thoroughly contemporary setting.
The album opens up with the traditional folky sound of "Ramble My Rose" which, upon listening to the lyrics, becomes far darker than the gentle acoustic guitar opening gives you any right to
expect. This intensity is kept up through a disturbing, twisted and beautiful collection of songs.
Personal highlights include the sparse bleakness of the title track, the dancey, lust-fuelled Shine and the warped tale of the obsessive, dysfunctional relationship that is Knickers.
But to pick out a few tracks seems to neglect the others, and that would be a grave injustice. Buy this album - very few people are writing proper songs today, and Katy Carr is doing her best to rectify that situation!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please stop going on about your knickers, Katy, 9 Sep 2003
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Katy Carr sounds rather like your racy, slightly hippyish older aunt, who's had a few too many glasses of Chardonnay at a family occasion and is embarrassingly intent on expressing herself. I feel the urge to call her a taxi and usher her home before she does something even more humiliating than banging on about the loss of her knickers, but if you're prone to alcohol-fuelled self-disclosure too, you'll probably enjoy this CD.
I thought it was patchy.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful voice!, 27 Sep 2003
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I bought this album because Amazon let me know that other people who were buying the same sort music as me had also bought it. I have to admit I was intially put off by the album's classification as folk and I am not sure I agree that it is. I do agree though with other people who think Katy Carr sounds a bit like early Kate Bush and PJ Harvey. If you like these artists you'll probably like this.
The production on the album itself is maybe not as polished as it could be, and the lyrics are maybe a bit naive (in places they lapse into la la la) but I love it. Katy Carr has a wonderful, clear, strong voice, I have played this album non-stop for a month now. You probably wouldn't want your granny to hear some of the lyrics though.
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