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A Promising Debut
on 2 November 2011
Prominent contributions on this album from Richard Thompson on guitar and Teddy Thompson on harmony vocals mean that the apple doesn't fall too far from the family tree on Kami Thompson's debut album ... she even calls a song "Never Again", although it's not a patch on her dad's classic. What we have here, then, is the latest scion of an imperial dynasty; I was quite surprised to discover that Ma does not also appear.
Vocally, Kami is no slouch: comparisons that occur to me (other than Teddy & Linda) are Sheryl Crow and (a slightly less breathy) Julianne Regan, so the style tends to be Folk/AOR with a heavy hint of pop. Rather than emote massively, Kami sings with a slight distance and world-weariness that could make for an interesting stock-in-trade. As a songwriter, though, she isn't quite there yet, turning out a series of songs that are pleasant but not really arresting. The album closer - a decent cover of The Beatles' "Don't Bother Me" - is notable enough to alert the listener that what has gone before it is slightly lacking.
For me, this is on the cusp of three/four star territory, but it's good enough to suggest that Kami will do better in due course. Recommended if you want to be "in on the ground floor" with a performer who might not need to depend on her illustrious relatives so much in the future.