Relations

Relations

by Kathryn Williams
     
 

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Originally released during her major-label stint and given a reissue some years later after she found her independent feet all the more strongly, Relations is that sometimes revelatory, sometimes time-killing impulse brought to life -- the covers album, paying homage to past inspirations old and young. Some of the choices seem obvious more by default and time

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Originally released during her major-label stint and given a reissue some years later after she found her independent feet all the more strongly, Relations is that sometimes revelatory, sometimes time-killing impulse brought to life -- the covers album, paying homage to past inspirations old and young. Some of the choices seem obvious more by default and time due to shifting contexts -- admittedly Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" had already seemed plenty familiar again thanks to Jeff Buckley's cover at the time of the first release of Relations, but in 2010 one almost wants to beg for any other Cohen song just for a bit of contrast, however much her version, recorded live, ends on a sharp, strong note. Similarly, "All Apologies" seems like an almost too pat choice of Nirvana cover, not helped by a high-pitched string part that spills into the melodramatic from the start. Williams' takes are at the least enjoyable in a sweetly formal way, though, leaving the more unexpected choices, at least in song if not in composer, to take the lion's share of the praise. Having Neil Young's After the Gold Rush represented by "Birds" is a nice touch, Williams giving it a beautiful performance slightly touched by string parts, while picking the late Pavement single "Spit on a Stranger" is both an inspired touch and also results in a lovely remake all around. Versions of "Thirteen" by Big Star and the Velvet Underground's "Candy Says" successfully showcase Williams' particular ear for studio-shaped folk very well in turn -- the latter, in a fun touch, is actually more energetic than the original, peppier without losing its overall fragility. Perhaps the most inspired touch comes courtesy of Ivor Cutler's "Beautiful Cosmos," with the Scottish artist's sharp wit given a winning makeover.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2010
Label:
One Little Indian Us
UPC:
0827954104024
catalogNumber:
1040
Rank:
194062

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathryn Williams   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Theremin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Sampling
David Scott   Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,spanish guitar
Laura Reid   Bass,Cello,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jonny Bridgwood   Double Bass
Alex Tustin   Percussion,Drums
Joe Montgomery   Violin

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Jackson Browne   Composer
Alex Chilton   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Ivor Cutler   Composer
David Bentley   Composer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Stephen Malkmus   Composer
Darius Kedros   Engineer
John Fortis   Engineer
Kathryn Williams   Producer,Engineer,Drawing
Laura Reid   String Arrangements
Lee Hazelwood   Composer
Dave Maughan   Engineer

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