2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Having had the privilege of seeing Ms Walsh perform live recently, it's great to have a largely unmediated version of many of those songs available to get the full effect of her amazing talent.
The upside of the fact that Eva Cassidy was never signed was that most of her recordings were live, or demos taken in one or two takes, which adds a real immediacy and intimacy to her recordings.
The same applies here, with Kate Walsh's brave decision to record these songs 'as live' in the studio, without the crutch of any 'enhancement'. Well, it wasn't that brave - who needs multi-tracking and overdubbing when you have a voice like that? There's never any danger of a false note, or misstep in the phrasing, which carries some beautiful melodies.
As the adage goes, she could sing the phonebook and make it compulsive listening, but it helps that she can write too.
Voice guitar, piano, cello - that's it. Any record that can leave you feeling the world is a better place than you feared is worth 7 quid, surely?
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2011
The album has 10 tracks and runs for c. 37 minutes; all the songs are written by KW who is the sole vocalist. Her voice is backed by piano and acoustic guitar with a bit of cello here and there. There's no information in the pack on who plays what but I presume KW is the pianist and guitarist. The album is said to have been recorded totally live with no overdubs, so there must be at least one other player here given sometimes a cello plays along with the main instrument
The pack contains all lyrics, clearly written - I wish all releases would do likewise.
Vocals and instruments are well sung/played & clearly recorded - especially commendable given the live takes. The songs are fairly intimate throughout. A couple of the tracks reminded me of (sedate end of range) Tori Amos in terms of phrasing and tunes. In general, though, KW clearly has her own style.
The lyrics (one song in French) are cliche free & grown up and, with the tasteful instrumentation, make for a pleasant listen - though lacking in much variation of mood. This is the first work of KW I've heard so I don't know how this compares to her previous albums.
If you're looking for something to get your pulse racing, stir your intellect or live long in the memory - look elsewhere; but if you're looking for something to relax with on a quiet Sunday morning- this is spot on.