Chill Out Island

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Archive for May, 2008

‘Sing Your Song’ is beautifully crafted, bittersweet

Reviewed by Julian Wilson

Artist: Kat Goldman

Title: Sing Your Song

The temptation in listening to singer/songwriter Kat Goldman’s Sing Your Song is to relax and let all of the background music take center stage in your ear attention. Certainly as the album opens with its bittersweet blend of piano and violins, the desire to be swept by it all is fairly considerable. However, there are depths to be plumbed on this disc on both a lyrical and musical level.

Goldman seems to be attracted to midtempo piano-based numbers; there’s quite a few here, and the finest -“Baby You Gonna Fall in Love,” “The Lone Plane,” and “Angel Child” – evoke images of autumn. For the first couple of hearings, you probably won’t notice Goldman’s words. That doesn’t mean her lyrics are weak (quite the contrary, in fact); it’s just that the music is so well played and evocative that it can make your mind drift into your own scrapbook of memories.

You can give this the folk tag if you want; however, I don’t hear folk albums as beautifully crafted as this.