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The Rock-itt : March 2010
Kate Lush is a remarkable discovery, in this beautifully packaged, debut album, Kate has managed to integrate pop/rock and R&B with tinges of country, soul, gospel and jazz to create a little magic which is pure bliss to your ears. Her powerful, rich voice will captivate you at first listen and take you on a journey through 12 wonderfully, emotive tracks that are well crafted with subtle dynamics, infectious singalong melodies and clever, thought provoking lyrics dealing with love and life. Every track is strong from the big opener to the last, which is "priceless", leaving you wanting more. Kate's superior songwriting skills have already received recognition here in Australia and overseas, winning her many prestigious awards. Expertly recorded, produced and mixed by Michael Carpenter at Love Hz Studios (who also plays drums, percussion and some guitar and organ on the album) and mastered by Steve Smart at Studio 301, this sensational album has huge potential on international mainstream radio. Leading with acoustic and riffy guitar, 'You're still the One' is a big, catchy, opening track with a bright and cheerful feel, Kate's voice is both tender and raunchy in this realisation and affirmation featuring great lyrics and melodies and good use of metaphors. Dynamically, it packs a punch with nice build ups and changes and big harmonies in the chorus. It also features a nice lead break and subtle underlying organ. 'Learning to fly' is another winner and a great, rock'n, driving song that pumps along. Inspiring, uplifting and dynamic, this beautifully crafted and produced song brilliantly captures the feel of flight as it builds, taxies, takes off and gets airborne in the choruses. It is brimming with emotion and features great harmonies and a soaring middle 8 and leadbreak. 'Take me with you when you go' Downhearted with so much feeling, this emotional ballad about missing someone across the miles, will have you singing along instantly. It contains a great mix of piano and Hammond organ, acoustic and light electric guitar and subtle slide that yearns and cries out, together with smooth bass lines and crafty, tasteful drum fills and Kate's powerful but warm and tender voice leading the way. Again another well crafted middle 8 and nice rise and falls which is a consistent feature on all tracks. 'The way I feel about you' A smooth R&B track with soul and jazz flavours, it is light and airy and floats in your head. It has nice acoustic guitar picking, harmonics and syncopated chords. Bass and drums are beautifully mixed together with good use of toms in the verses and soft cymbals with a cool jazzy lead break, Kate has a beautiful timbre and natural resonance without the need of reverb or effects and wholeheartedly conveys deep emotion. 'Isabelle' Already a big award winner like some of the other songs on this album, is a catchy, well written and produced pop/rock track with a bright, country kick. It is dynamic and punchy with a feelgood rhythm and melody and features nice guitarwork including acoustic, 12 string picking and great slide break embellished with subtle Wurlitzer and Hammond organ. This will stay in your head for days. 'New Day' A beautiful song about staying true to your dream, covered by Deni Hines on her album, 'Water for Chocolate'. Folky, uplifting and inspiring with an emotional vocal, it is well written and produced with graceful rises featuring the organ. The picking, chord arrangements and lead break are beautifully played on acoustic guitar and the soft bouncy bass lines are arty and fretless sounding which blend perfectly with the soft brushed snares, toms and cymbals and the added percussion. 'Trouble minded Man' A song of hope, inspiration and redemption, this moving ballad captures the American Midwest and Nashville sound. The Bob Dylan/Neil Youngish harmonica breaks aptly depict the despair and misery of prison life and together with tender vocals, light, strummy, twangy guitar, and soothing, gospel organ, it attempts to aid a man taking refuge and picking up the pieces again on a last chance ride. 'Come on home to me' leading with Hammond and Wurlitzer organs which work nicely together and light guitar picking, this peaceful but uplifting ballad flows beautifully. The sax and trumpet in the choruses give it a soul dimension, and it also features a nice bridge which leads to a big, Wurlitzer organ break adding a gospel element. 'Hard habit to break' Guitar driven and riffy, this punchy, country Rock n Roll number hits you straight up and kicks along nicely with the help of Kate's big, raunchy vocal in the vein of Shania Twain. Catchy and well crafted, it features great 'doo wop' harmonies and a nice bridge and lead break. 'I think this is it' A well written, catchy radio song already recorded by award winning, female, country duo 'The Harmonators'. Dynamic with nice changes and a big chorus, it pumps along and features big harmonies, a nice chord progression and leadbreak and subtle organ. 'Winding Road' A layback and folky ballad with a bright tempo and acoustic picking, it features an emotive vocal, smooth bass and soft brushed snare and cymbals and great organ melodies throughout. 'Priceless' just like the name; this is another gem and my personal favourite. It starts with cool, electric piano and jazz guitar and has a casual syncopated, loungy feel. Kate's smooth, sultry voice is intimate and heartfelt and unforgettable, it features piano and organ throughout and a nice lead up to the chorus. Besides the exceptional talents of Michael Carpenter, credit must also go to the musicians that played and collaborated on the album including guitarist and co writer Adrian Petlevanny, bassist Matt Fell, Niall Anderson (Piano and organ) and Jeff Cawley and Andrew Kell on trumpet and sax. This is a truly wonderful album which is difficult to take off the player but 'Don't wait too long' to get your copy. Available online on iTunes and Amazon MP3 and Kate's website. "Pure listening pleasure that will leave you wanting more"