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Buy it, hear it, love it!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Little Black Numbers (Original) (Audio CD)
Little Black Numbers is amongst the most emotionally and musically satisfying albums you are likely to hear this year. Williams's first album "Dog Leap Stairs" showed enormous promise and its tenderness and gentle grace were leapt upon with enthusiasm by many a music journo. Now, with "Little Black Numbers", Williams has fulfilled her promise, honing her already considerable skill as a song writer and filling out instrumentation without compromising on the space and airiness of her earlier work. The album opens with the delicately weaved "We dug a hole", with KW almost whispering what seems to be a song of both isolation and solidarity. The song builds from a sparce accoustic guitar and vocal opening through Phil Spector-reminiscent drums to a finish with flashes of the Velvet Underground. Contradiction, that's what this album is all about. At one moment so sweet, you think your in love with Ms Williams, the next so ascerbic you're glad you're not in the position to get on the wrong side of her. How's this as a discription of those manipulators we all know: "You always leave before them/ you want them to think/ you've got so much to do/ maybe they're not...thinking of you", tell it like it is, girl! Then on the other side of the coin, try this for accuracy on the trust and vulnerability of love: "All I ask for is the sign for my fleeting/ lift me to your light/ felt the warmth/ back in my eyes". Later in the album, such feelings are well put into perspective on the self explanatory "Each Star We See" and "We Came Down Fron The Trees". Aside from the beautiful lyricism of this album, this woman would sound amazing singing the phone book. Her voice is gentle, crystal and never strident or over done. Intimacy is the word here, so much so, you feel she could be in the room with you. Her vocal stylings are perfectly complemented by the delicate instrumentation which is worked around her voice. Cello, double bass, spanish guitar, percussion, saxophone and hammond weave in and out, never doing exactly what you would expect, but never dominating the experience. They never demand you look them full in the face and thank them for coming, but you know the party just wouldn't be the same without them. Buy this album, you won't regret it!