Nightflight

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Kate Miller-Heidke's career, at least from an American perspective, may seem a little convoluted; her break-out status in Australia has mostly resulted in overlapping and retitled releases in the U.S. Nightflight aims to end that confusion to one degree or another, and happily does so in large part simply because it's so enjoyable it can stand on its own rather than simply being the next in a series of releases. With an approach that feels somewhere between Bel Canto's studied mysteriousness and Florence + the Machine's pop-friendly widescreen feeling -- and, as always, the overarching presence of Kate Bush as a strong but not sole lodestone -- Nightflight doesn't surprise ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Kate Miller-Heidke's career, at least from an American perspective, may seem a little convoluted; her break-out status in Australia has mostly resulted in overlapping and retitled releases in the U.S. Nightflight aims to end that confusion to one degree or another, and happily does so in large part simply because it's so enjoyable it can stand on its own rather than simply being the next in a series of releases. With an approach that feels somewhere between Bel Canto's studied mysteriousness and Florence + the Machine's pop-friendly widescreen feeling -- and, as always, the overarching presence of Kate Bush as a strong but not sole lodestone -- Nightflight doesn't surprise so much as reinvigorate, with Miller-Heidke's working of sometimes familiar tropes turning into one strong song after another. Caught somewhere between cleanly energetic rock, piano-led moments, and Miller-Heidke's sometimes swirled vocals, the result is a remarkably enjoyable melange. "Ride This Feeling" kicks things off with that energetic front, with Miller-Heidke's underrated ear for a compelling lyric standing out with lines like "For some reason I decided to take off my clothes." In contrast, a song like "Sarah" builds up slowly to big choruses, a kind of monumentalism in miniature that recurs elsewhere on the album, as with "Humiliation." Throughout, Miller-Heidke's and her collaborator's secret weapon might be the drumming, which sometimes suddenly slams up in big fills as on the title track, matching the rampaging desire of its chorus perfectly while underscoring the regrets of the coda. It makes the calm steadiness of a song like "Let Me Fade" stand out all the more, the arrangements a familiar enough blend of piano and strings but its lyrical restless tiredness something a touch more individual. Then there's a song like "Beautiful Darling" making the joys of domesticity and love something worthy of the Edge-like guitar part, but with a warmth Bono is too overbearing to allow to show. Miller-Heidke makes things her own, with style and energy in equal measure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2012
  • Label: Sin Uk
  • UPC: 886919744125
  • Catalog Number: 974412
  • Sales rank: 94,321

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ride this Feeling (3:23)
  2. 2 Sarah (3:54)
  3. 3 Nightflight (5:04)
  4. 4 The Tiger Inside Will Eat the Child (4:03)
  5. 5 Let Me Fade (3:49)
  6. 6 I'll Change Your Mind (3:01)
  7. 7 Humiliation (4:23)
  8. 8 In the Dark (4:31)
  9. 9 Beautiful Darling (4:01)
  10. 10 The Devil Wears a Suit (4:45)
  11. 11 Fire and Iron (4:02)
  12. 12 Your Friends Will Tell You Who You Are (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kate Miller-Heidke Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
Duke Quartet Strings
James O'Brien Bass, Background Vocals
Steve Pope Drums
Keir Nuttall Banjo, Background Vocals
Dan Parsons Drums, Background Vocals
John Castle Drums
Luke Moller Mandolin, Violin, Viola, Background Vocals
Nicole Brophy Background Vocals
James Millar Background Vocals
Gillian Cosgriff Background Vocals
Gemma Turvey Piano
Technical Credits
Tony Cousins Mastering
John Metcalfe String Arrangements
Andrew Cameron Music Business Affairs
Lindsay Gravina Producer
Kate Miller-Heidke Composer
Keir Nuttall Composer, Programming, Producer
Sharon Chai Artwork, Cover Design, Layout
Rob Long Engineer
Sam Wheat Engineer
Anna Laverty Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Additional Production
Jeremy Hammond Management
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