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Curiouser

Kate Miller-Heidke

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Album Review

Kate Miller-Heidke's second album finds her continuing to develop her own voice, but not by the standard tactic of stripping the music back and letting it stand alone. Instead, she adds to it, more of everything layered on top. Her band is more present than ever and sounds like a real band, their quirks and backing vocals recognizable from track to track. Co-songwriter Keir Nuttall's jerky, robotic guitar and sometimes-froggy baritone are a welcome presence on songs like "Can't Shake It." The album's first single is as danceable a song about not being able to dance as has ever been written. The titular "It" the singer "Can't Shake" is simultaneously her feeling that she looks like an idiot on the dancefloor and her self-consciousness about her own petite butt, bless her neuroses. Like a kind of Alice's Adventures in Pop/Rock Land, the album tumbles through a rabbit-hole full of bouncy, irrepressible guitar- and keyboard-led songs. "Caught in the Crowd" tells an affecting story of schoolyard bullying, showing an impressive grasp of narrative flow, while "Politics in Space" shows just as impressive a grasp of scattershot nonsense; the lyrics sounding like a collection of placeholder rhymes that fit the tune so well they were never replaced with anything more substantial, collapsing delightfully into a pile of solos and giggling by the end. A few of her more downbeat songs about endings (whether about a relationship, school, or the world) falter — they lack hooks and sound like ethereal clouds that threaten to float away, wistful to the point of being wispy and easily forgotten. Other songs are immediate and infectious. Curiouser cements Miller-Heidke's position as a unique voice, brash and theatrical but with enough texture and grain to give her songs honesty and emotional depth.

Customer Reviews

SHE'S BACK

This album is awesome. Yes, it is a little different to her previous albums but in this case it is a good thing. I think its important for an artist to grow and evolve and I'm so dissappointed at the comments going around that she has succumb to the mainstream media!!! Not true guys, she is singing as beautifully and quirkily as ever. Its just that Australia has cottoned on to her ability and she now has a much wider audience. A light as bright as Kates can't stay in the shadows forever!!!!

Disappointing re-incarnation

I had pre-ordered this album and eagerly awaited its release. Unfortunately this is not the KMH that I love so much. Perhaps it will have wider appeal and make more money- but at the expense of the originality and quirkiness that is Kate.

Amazing Once Again

How Great Is KMH honestly? She is so awesome. i think this album is really great. Yes totallt different from the beautiful 'Little Eve' and the eps before it. But there is something very her here! I Love 'Our Song' its so nice and gorgeous. 'Caught In The Crowd' is so innocent and sad but lovely. 'The One Thing I Know' is quite a stand out track...really awesome. The rest of the album is great. Great Pop beats with Kate's beautiful lyrics. Top notch album again Kate and I will make it to one of your shows soon! 5 stars all the way.

Biography

Born: 16 November 1981

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Kate Miller-Heidke was fully trained as a lead opera vocalist — soprano — and was ready to go into a career of Gilbert & Sullivan roles when pop music beckoned. She has since become a piano-playing singer/songwriter in the Kate Bush mold, popular for her theatricality, mixture of folk and pop, and the touches of comic opera she inserts into her songs. As a young girl, Miller-Heidke would charge her family five cents for household performances. It was a long way from there to her position...
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