Relations

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: One Little Indian Us
  • UPC: 827954104024
  • Catalog Number: 1040
  • Sales rank: 218,536

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In a Broken Dream (3:37)
  2. 2 Birds (2:26)
  3. 3 Thirteen (2:56)
  4. 4 Hallelujah (5:09)
  5. 5 The Ballad of Easy Rider (2:49)
  6. 6 A Guy What Takes His Time (2:58)
  7. 7 Candy Says (3:32)
  8. 8 How Can We Hang On To a Dream (2:34)
  9. 9 I Started a Joke (3:07)
  10. 10 Easy and Me (2:45)
  11. 11 Spit On a Stranger (3:23)
  12. 12 All Apologies (3:33)
  13. 13 Beautiful Cosmos (1:31)
  14. 14 These Days (4:02)
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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
Nick Robins Mastering
Laura Reid String Arrangements
Lee Hazelwood Composer
Dave Maughan Engineer
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