12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Kathryn makes these songs so special ...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Relations (Audio CD)
"I suppose I decided to do a covers album to fall in love with music again" says Kathryn in the sleeve notes. And Kathryn makes falling in love with music such a wonderful experience. This is Kathryn's forth album following 'Dog Leap Stairs', 'Little Black Numbers' and 'Old Low Light'. 'Relations' doesn't feel like a covers album, as Kathryn is able to translate these songs into her own and this is so effortlessly done it's incredible. I really love 'The ballad of easy rider' - a song originally by the Byrds but the version Kathryn covers is by Roger McGuinn. The backing vocals from Laura Reid work really well on this track. I've found myself listening to this song over and over, I love it! Other stand out tracks for me are 'How can we hang on to a dream', a song originally by Tim Hardin and the beautiful, beautiful 'Hallelujah'. This Leonard Cohen song is perfect for Kathryn's voice as it was perfect for Jeff Buckley's. Towards the end of this track Kathryn's voice reaches heights untouched on previous albums as Kathryn so honestly indicates "I'm not trained to sing at all and sometimes when my voice comes out of me I'm surprised as anyone". This is what I appreciate about this album - Kathryn has put together a collection of songs she has loved to play and been pleasantly surprised at the outcome. And I think you will be too. Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.