Curiouser [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Jody Macgregor
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jody Macgregor
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. [This version features the bonus tracks "Words" and "Are You F*cking Kidding Me?."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2010
  • Label: Sin Uk
  • UPC: 886976567224
  • Catalog Number: 56722
  • Sales rank: 64,677

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kate Miller-Heidke Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Danny Frankel Percussion, Matches
Mickey Petralia Tambourine
Ben McCarthy Synthesizer, Bass, Background Vocals
Steve Pope Percussion, Drums
Keir Nuttall Synthesizer, Guitar, Background Vocals
Robin Lynn Keyboards
Nels Jensen Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Don Bartley Mastering
Mickey Petralia Programming, Producer, Engineer
Liam Davis Engineer
Kate Miller-Heidke Composer
Keir Nuttall Composer, Producer
Magoo Producer
Jaxzyn Art Direction
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