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Strikingly original and beautiful album,
This review is from: Paszport (Audio CD)
A friend sent me this fantastic album alongside a sympathy card on the death of my Polish father just two months ago. He was a veteran of the Polish Navy and a teenage survivor of Stalin's political labour camps. My friend said I would understand the connection and boy was she right. One of the most original and compelling albums I've come across in years; and such courage in 2012 to write an album of songs about WW2 in supposedly far-off Poland. Katy's voice is deeply expressive and of a rich rare quality, the lyrics are intelligent and challenging, and the music awesome. It combines a remarkable array of musical roots and hybrid styles so that it is hard to classify as central European pre-war, British folk influenced, indie, classical or jazz. Which is all to the good as labels and classifications just serve to get in the way of what actually matters; that this is a stunning album that gives you faith in original and daring musical talent. If you've read this review it means you are at least part-way influenced. Dive in and buy it. You'll be grateful for years that you did.
For There is Hope
"Astonishing. A monument, a meditation, a prayer and an epic. Tender and impassioned... this should be on every table where Poland is discussed and where the brave dead are remembered." Neal Ascherson, award-winning author of The Struggles for Poland