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Stunningly stirring, alluring resplendent and simply beautiful!
on 22 November 2014
This is one of the best albums I've heard in years. It's given me the impetus to get back into music and play again for myself. Kathryn Williams is blessed with a heavenly voice and her guitar playing is sublime.
The album begins with Underground, which Kathryn wrote after having a panic attack inside King's Cross tube station. She crawled out on her hands and knees, sat at the top of the steps, with people stepping over her, pulled her pen and notepad out of her bag and penned this beautiful song, which perfectly describes the situation.
Gave It Away is dark and delightful, referencing stars who've left us, turning it into a sad love song.
Heart Shaped Stone is a perfect pop love song with silky strings underlying Williams' sonorous voice and guitar. Just fabulous with a fun Middle 8, before swirling on to the dreamy end.
Count begins with a slapped double bass and you can't help nodding your head from side to side as Kathryn talks about the desperation of trying to get things done without having the time to. At least that's what it sounds like to me! That leads on to Out Of Time which lazily drifts in and relaxes you. A carefree brass section is brilliant and you can imagine the joy of recording this song.
Monday Morning is the song that sums up how almost all of us feel at that time, you'll love this song! Funny, apt and sad, thinking of the futility of it all! An alluring piano chord introduces Darkness Light, which talks of personal failings and the onset of the black cloud of depression, made ok by the love of one who makes it all alright and making this a stunning love song, with so much personal depth and feeling put into it, I shuddered as the song reached it's end.
Picture Book starts with haunting strings, countered by a chirpy guitar, then blended with the most soulful voice you ever heard. You can hear Kathryn Williams putting everything of herself into these songs and this is bewitchingly elegant. The lyrics are stunning.
Morning Twilight is inspired by the painting of the same name by Charles Conder (1893), which is hanging in Liverpool's National Museum. Look for the painting online and lose yourself in it as you listen to this stunningly sorrowful and graceful song.
If you thought that this album couldn't get any better....you're wrong. Arwen is a song any folk star from anywhere and any time would be proud of. It's so delicate if a song could smash into pieces, then this is it. Tequila brightens everything up and then leads into Sequins. I can't describe this song. I have no words, other than to say I was in floods of tears by the time it finished. The album is rounded off by a the stirringly deep, The Known.
This album is a must. It's just so stunning and moving. You'll not be disappointed. It's as close to perfection as you can get!