1978: EMI Manhattan CDP 7 46065 2
Although this album suffers terribly from an overload of Kates super-pouty enunciation and ridiculous soprano range, it has some fine songs and lovely instrumental arrangements. Glass-miniature pieces like Oh England My Lionheart and In the Warm Room make for an interesting contrast beside Dont Push Your Foot On the Heartbrake and Hammer Horror. Between those extremes lie Hammer Horror and Fullhouse, both leaning toward the rockier tracks but lushly cinematic in their storytelling and composition.
In the Warm Room transfixes me, has me staring at nothing as I listen for each new slow twist of melody and lyric; its delicately erotic territory is not my native ground, shall we say, yet Kate tantalizes without teasing, and its hard to be unmoved by the cumulative effect. This recording also sounds like a side door to a bunch of the B-sides included on the singles disc of her This Womans Work box set, although many of those have a slightly more polished sound.
And of course theres Coffee Homeground, which is just silly. I mean that in a good way, of course.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.