The debut from Kit Holmes is a very smart pop album that also shows she has massive instrumental chops in the guitar. That could make for a very schizophrenic disc, but in fact everything fits together wonderfully well. Both "Cheap Flights" and "Out of the Shade" are lazy, seductive pieces of radio-friendly summer pop, while "Gow's Lament" gives Holmes a chance to shine on the fretboard. Much is made of the presence of the great Danny Thompson on bass on several tracks, and there's no doubt he's excellent and adds a lot, but the album certainly wouldn't be lost without him. The only real bone of contention here is Holmes's voice. It's somewhat of a take-it-or-leave-it proposition, which can be a good or bad thing. Those who take against it will shut off immediately and not have the chance to open up to some classy adult pop. Although everything is very smooth, there's a quiet sophistication in the writing and the arrangements, which are all fairly low key — this isn't a rock album, by any means. It defies easy categorization, and that's part of its charm. Kit Holmes is a talent, and this first salvo promises a long, fulfilling career.
Haverhill Arts Centre - My Introduction to Kit Holmes
Just back from seeing Kit for the first time ever at a really intimate little venue in my home town. I have listened to this album now and really see something original here. Kit's guitar soloing is, well, superlative. I have seen many guitarists perform as parts in bands and in varying genres. Kit plays a very intricate and powerful style, and when she does, it is with real passion and feeling. Go see Kit before you buy the album - it will enrich the experience.
I chose not to be the first person in the world to buy her latest album because I wanted to have Gow's Lament to listen to when I got in the car to go home.
I've just realised that Kit has a remarkable aural similarity to Louise Wener of Sleeper, with a very original, sultry rasp which sets her apart.
I really like her style. It's a bit cheeky.