Little Eve

Little Eve

by Kate Miller-Heidke
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Little Eve

The first single from Kate Miller-Heidke's debut album, the feisty piano rock song "Words," earned her comparisons to Tori Amos. While fair in relation to that song, the album shows that she has a much wider range than that -- literally, in the case of songs that show off her operatic background with high-octave trilling and warbling as well as perfect enunciation. These elements are fortunately never allowed to grow self-indulgent or detract from the oddball pop songs they gild, instead lending oomph to lyrics that are wistful and sweet. Her voice is put to excellent use singing about the ordinary details of life, like the everyday feeling of wasted moments perfectly captured in "Mama": "When I'm home, all alone/with only the phone/eating crap in the nude." Though half the songs are her own compositions, she also has a talent for taking the words of others and making them sound intensely personal, whether a song is written by her partner, Keir Nuttall (the guitar-and-handclaps ditty "Shoebox"; the yearning love song about private moments "Space They Cannot Touch"; the rock ballad crossed with fingersnapping theatrical number and choral epic "Little Adam"), a cover (Paul Hankinson's quirky cabaret song "Ducks Don't Need Satellites") or adapted from an email forwarded by her mother (the exemplar of disconnected modern life "Don't Let Go"). When she uses her deceptively gigantic voice to sing about these little lives, Miller-Heidke achieves something that goes above and beyond the simple pleasures of pop music -- a genuine profoundness.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2007
Label: Sony Australia
UPC: 0886971157628
catalogNumber: 7115762
Rank: 123128

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Performance Credits

Kate Miller-Heidke   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Tom Green   French Horn
Jamie Clarke   Slide Guitar
Scott Saunders   Bass
Steve Pope   Percussion,Drums
Yanto Browning   Synthesizer
Melissa Forbes   Choir, Chorus
Lana Martino Smith   Choir, Chorus
Zhivago String Quartet   Strings
Tina Watt   Choir, Chorus
Velvet Crystal Sky Pesu   Choir, Chorus
Liz Strakosch   Choir, Chorus
Antonia Strakosch   Choir, Chorus
Danielle Bentley   Strings
Anna Petelin   Choir, Chorus
Keir Nuttall   Guitar
Ingrid Cameron   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Yanto Browning   Producer
Paul Hankinson   Composer
Kate Miller-Heidke   Composer
Keir Nuttall   Composer
Magoo   Producer

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