One of the nice things about seeing younger artists around the ukulele scene is seeing how they develop in confidence, technique and simply as artists.
I first met Kate maybe five years ago, and from someone who was simply "Kate And Her Baritone", this album is an example of how people develop. It's mature songwriting, very well arranged and competently produced.
The opening track "Home" starts demonstrating the depth of Kate's voice. It has a deep husky part to it, but as you get into the album, you realise what range she has. "Home" is nicely accented with cello, and has some judicious use of banjo.
"Oh What A Life" takes us back to ukulele roots, simple uke (not sure this one's a baritone, Kate!) - a catchy tune, bit of an earworm.
"Drunk" takes me back to my drinking days. "I only want to dance when I'm drunk...". Simple, drums and bass, using the ukulele for good emphasis in parts of this song. Nicely constructed.
The album's a mix of songs, ballad type songs, stories - "We Belong Together" is kind of a complementary tune to Plastic Jeezus' "Stalker Song". If only they'd got together... Are these true stories, Kate?
"Lavender" - wow! - It's an ethereal, drifting song, no words, but so lovely. I can hear this being used for TV trailers now, those atmospheric, panning scenes. One of the stand out tracks, but I will pick "Dream At Last" as my favourite. It grows and builds, worthy of radio play for sure.
The album's available on streaming services, also see Kate at lots of festivals and venues around the place to buy a phyiscal CD.
12 tracks, 45 minutes.1. Home
Review - Simon Taylor, 5th August 2019
Kate's got so much better in the last five years, Simon. Do you hear me?