Love Lies Import
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Vocally, Kami is no slouch: comparisons that occur to me (other than Teddy & Linda) are Sheryl Crow and (a slightly less breathy) Julianne Regan, so the style tends to be Folk/AOR with a heavy hint of pop. Rather than emote massively, Kami sings with a slight distance and world-weariness that could make for an interesting stock-in-trade. As a songwriter, though, she isn't quite there yet, turning out a series of songs that are pleasant but not really arresting. The album closer - a decent cover of The Beatles' "Don't Bother Me" - is notable enough to alert the listener that what has gone before it is slightly lacking.
For me, this is on the cusp of three/four star territory, but it's good enough to suggest that Kami will do better in due course. Recommended if you want to be "in on the ground floor" with a performer who might not need to depend on her illustrious relatives so much in the future.
Opener 'Little Boy Blue' establishes that blood-trait directly with Richard's note-bending guitar work and distinct harmonising vocal helping to drive the song, one of many about lost love which in itself reflects a strong thematic tradition across this family. Third track 'Nice Cars' drives its metaphor with sass and a 'gear stick stuck/what the fxxx raunchy lyrical insert - essentially more heartache explored in a linguistically rich tale. 'Gotta Hold On' gets vocal support from Rufus Wainwright, and throughout the album, Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sean Lennon and Teddy Thompson also add support. This provides undeniable breadth to Kami's consistently strong songs, as with ninth track 'Never Again' where the harmonies rise beautifully near the song's end - another one that Kami has characterised as 'self-indulgent break-up music', though as listeners we can be grateful for her emotional obsession and catharsis. Penultimate track 'Blood Wedding' is enlivened with mandolin and more sweet harmonies, the lyric invoking her mother and which sounds most like Linda in the vocal, with the theme of lacking trust in men possibly transferring down that well-known stroyline. The final song is an echo infused version of George Harrison's 'Don't Bother Me' and yet again concerns itself with being left alone. I hope Kami has attained her closure, though I wouldn't want this to starve the muse for future songwriting.
While the songwriting is quite deep and clearly honest/refreshing, it's really the singer's voice that is just inescapable - it's haunting. Haunting like war, haunting like heartbreak, haunting like that painting that stays in your mind's eye long after you've left the museum. That haunting quality flavours all the music and make it reverberate within you, even after the songs are over.
However you've discovered this album, don't miss the chance to let it marinate inside. Highly recommended.
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Great CD, shows the thread of Thompson talent. It deserved more attention from the music press, a modern album with distinctive songs, all sung from the heart.Published 10 months ago by Steve Jarrett
Better than OK and hints at better things to come. Her Dad has something to be proud about. Check out the Rails which shows what she can do.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer