Submitted by dogfacedboy on 1 October 2013 - 2:16pm
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
This is the best album of her career so far. Her confidence and pride in the material has at last emerged in her voice and the results are dazzling. From the workaday pressures of 'Monday Morning' , 'Underground' to meditations of aging and death like the peerless 'Sequins' Kathryn's 10th album is damn near perfect. Collaborations with Ed Harcourt and James Yorkston work magic, particularly on 'Darkness Twilight' with Ed and Kathryn harmonizing so beautifully you yearn for a full album from the pair. Much of Kathryn's music deals with the battle between dark (fear, panic and lack of self belief) and light (love, family & acceptance) and how both can be found in simple everyday life. Time also ways heavy on the album as Kathryn stops to take stock of where she is, what she has gained and how precious the time she has is. Ben Trigg's string arrangements serve the songs beautifully giving depth and emotion to what may well be my album of 2013.
What does it all *mean*?:
The one of this country's most gifted songwriters has finally been able to stand up and be rightly proud of her work. Whether you know her work or not I think you'll be astonished by the emotion and sound of this record.
Goes well with …:
A dark night, maybe a bit of thunder and lightning, some soft lighting and a glass of whatever gets you through the night.
Might suit people who like …:
Mature, thoughtful, melancholic music with wit and bite. 'When you supposed to know you're in your prime until its behind you?' Kathryn muses during 'Out Of Time'. She needn't worry - with this album she's at the top of her game.