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4.0 out of 5 stars Bold departure into a contemporary group, 6 July 2012
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This review is from: The Pond (Audio CD)
I have acquired most of Kathryn Williams previous solo albums, she has been a distinctive singer songwriter, typically with a quiet breathy confessional inimate vocal style and sparse arrangements with lots of space. So this new group effort with Simon Edwards and Ginny Clee produced by Adrian Utley from Portishead is an innovative and unexpected development that mostly works well. Some of the tracks are mellow easy going with hippyish sentimentality and sing along choruses, such as Circle Around a Tree and The Art of Doing Nothing. Probably the most radical track is Bebop, with a sample from Gene Vincent's rock and roll classic, and with rapper Kirsch,interesting and radically different, but not personally one of my favourite tracks. Instead of her normal simple but tasteful guitar lead arrangements, there are often sample loops, but all credit for her trying something new rather than more of her usual tasteful subdued offerings. This is quite upbeat in places, and it sounds like she is having fun being involved with a bigger group collaboration, and seems to have come out of her normal introspective ways. Will this be a one off with normal service to be resumed in due course, or will it represent the start of an ongoing more significant ongoing group development?. Well worth trying out.
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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
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing to it already., 30 May 2012
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I'm enjoying this CD and use it in my dance classes. Lovin' it! I've been using the tree track as a cool down.
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