Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
It takes about 32 seconds for Katy Moffatt's deeply passionate voice to grab hold of you: About then, she sings the word "here" on the album's title (and opening) track, infusing wild emotion into a rather emotionless w... more »
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It takes about 32 seconds for Katy Moffatt's deeply passionate voice to grab hold of you: About then, she sings the word "here" on the album's title (and opening) track, infusing wild emotion into a rather emotionless word. Without question, her immaculate alto is the focal point of Angel Town. Eight of the 11 songs are covers---a rarity for Moffatt---and the accompaniment has been stripped bare, leaving only Andrew Hardin's tactful guitar and Hank Bones's bass. Moffatt grabs material from a variety of sources---old pros such as Cindy Walker and Cole Porter, and younger country-folk writers such as David Olney, Steve Goodman, Pat McLaughlin, Chris Smither, and Patrick Sky. Her reading of "Miss Otis Regrets," a jazz and blues standard, brilliantly highlights the irony of Porter's lyrics with a delicate lullaby feel. She shows empathy on Don Williams's "Ghost Story" and conveys remarkable honesty and sensitivity on Walker's "You Don't Know Me." Her three originals (co-written with Tom Russell) fit the album's subdued mood perfectly. Moffatt's ability to combine tenderness with intensity, and fragility with self-assuredness shines brightly throughout this peaceful, lovely record. --Marc Greilsamer
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Elegant and peacefully sublime...
Patrice Webb | Georgetown, California USA | 06/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Katy Moffatt is blessed with one of those rare voices in music. Equally at home with Country, Rock, Blues, and Jazz, hers is a voice that shines as big and clear as mountain air and is at the same time as elegantly sublime as a glass of fine wine. Those familiar with Moffatt's music know that she is one of those singer songwriters who helped invent Country Rock back in the 70's and that almost all of the music we listen to on the radio today has in one way or another been influenced by artists like her. On this CD, mostly an album of covers, Moffatt sings with an understated simplicity that makes songs like old standards "You Don't Know Me" and "Miss Otis Regrets" seem totally brand new. Three of the songs are written by Moffatt and her long time partner, Tom Russell and contain a depth and sophistication that is not often found in music today . The production is simple and spare - proving that it doesn't take a lot to make good music burn brightly."