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on 5 March 2007
Catherine Feeny's album is a lovely piece of work which I think could open her talent to a wider audience. The songs span alt-folk/country numbers in the vein of Sheryl Crow (including title song of the album and potential single, 'Hurricane Glass' and 'No reply'), to mellow, moving ballads, including the lovely 'Touch back down' and 'Hush Now' which have similarities to Leona Naess.
Feeny's arrangements are uncluttered, guitar or piano based with gentle strings over on the majority of tracks. Her voice has a mellow, late-night country/folk feel which brings her thoughtful and often touching lyrics to life.
The album is simply produced which for me adds an authenticity to the work and a greater sense of 'realness'. I like that you can hear her put her foot on the pedal of the piano on the charming 'Mr Blue', or the sound of her tongue touching her lip on 'Touch back down'. There is an appealing honesty to the work (like Damien Rice's 'O'). The atmosphere is so intimate at times that you can almost feel the warmth of her breath as she sings.
Fans of Leona Naess, Beth Orton or Kathryn Williams will probably enjoy this, as (I hope) would lovers of semi-acoustic songs with lots of feeling and a little bit of fun. I for one am a big fan!