Kat Wild - In Your Hands

Published Saturday 21st July 2007
Kat Wild - In Your Hands
Kat Wild - In Your Hands

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 28699-12828
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Simon Eden

Set to a simple piano backing come nine ballads of philosophical fragility from Bristol-based Kat. Focusing on subjects such as the precious life of a newborn child, the beauty of a friendship, and a grateful thanks for parents, the power of the songs can hardly be missed. Although the album artwork is stunning in its beauty, the strength of the lyrical content of the album should have ensured that the lyrics were included. But that's a minor gripe. Using a musical style reminiscent of Tori Amos, Kat's slightly harsh tones aren't quite as smooth as the simple beauty of her piano playing, however on the track "Behind Closed Doors" with a funky slow drum and a cosmic phased synth, Kat's voice and style fit brilliantly, turning a well written song into an anthem. This track begs for the rest of the songs to have similarly inventive arrangements and production. Whilst most of the arrangements are worthy of a jazz café performance, they lack dynamism. But look out for "Behind Closed Doors", it is worthy of mainstream airplay. This is Kat's debut release with all proceeds going to a charity called Gift Of Love in Guatemala.

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Reader Comments

Posted by karina in karina @ 20:38 on Jun 4 2008

hi kat
your album is really cool

from karina x

Posted by Gee in Corsham @ 01:12 on Jun 4 2008

Kats music makes me stop and think about things. I like both her lyrical style, her approach to both melody and structure.

I also have to declare an interest. Kat took me through music theory for the umpteenth time in my life, but her approach to teaching made it stick this time around.. Now I know why I like discordant structures..


Posted by Luke in Plymouth @ 21:03 on Oct 13 2007

I'm a musician who has worked with Kat quite a lot in the past couple of years. Her sensitivity and passion for what she does never fail to amaze me. She is an inspiration to me and everyone who has the good fortune to know her. I'm sure that her music will continue to spread and soften even the hardest of hearts. Kat.... You Rock Wild! x x

Posted by Ettan Bazil in Bristol @ 01:01 on Aug 3 2007

Hi, just read Kat's review... nice! Was a pleasure working on the album with Kat, and I agree with Simon that "Behind closed doors" is definitely where Kat's natural stlye leans towards. You can check out a new "Wild" track in a similar style called "In the image" @ http://www.myspace.com/producktions - hopefully will be on the second album when Kat's lands her major deal ;-)!

On another note, Just to say something about Kat and her music in general; It's rare you find someone that uses their music to give back to the community without having made bucketloads of cash for themselves. It's a shame there aren't more "Kat's" out there using their love of music to help people in need!

Your Massive mate!!!

E x

Posted by Allan Clare in Bristol, UK @ 18:26 on Jul 24 2007

I have to confess straightaway - I attend Kat's church in Bristol (where she leads worship) -
It is also true to say that this is a GREAT ALBUM which is, lyrically, musically and vocally, top notch!

Allan Clare, Bristol, UK.

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