That Girl

That Girl

by Stephanie Kirkham

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That Girl

Stephanie Kirkham's debut is a collection of nicely appointed folk-pop tunes, her whispery lilt and acoustic strum accompanied nicely by subtle electronic programming. The single "Inappropriate" fortifies that formula, weaving Kirkham's charmingly accented flutter and the layers of backup harmonies around a piano hook break and rambling electric guitar. The result is catchy and polite, quite suggestive of the Corrs' 2000 hit, "Breathless." In fact, most of That Girl is catchy and polite, exceedingly so. The title cut tracks the Sundays through light electronics; Kirkham's lyrics tell the usual modernist story of a strong-willed yet fussily romantic girl stuck in a relationship with a cute mechanic. Please open your diaries to page 36. Elsewhere, the delicate "When You Were Here" and "Never in a Million Years" threaten with each plink of synthesizer or codependent lyric to drift away, while the brooding "Blank White Sheet" seems to have wandered in from a Loreena McKennitt album. It's in this way that That Girl is pretty, but also pretty referential. From "Monday Morning"'s "Maybe his eyes will meet mine/You never know when your life might change" to "Your problems are not my problems anymore/After this I'll change my number for sure" (from the Dido-ish electronic putter of "Somebody Else's Girl"), That Girl turns back and forth between hoping for happiness and wishing it never came. It's OK that Kirkham doesn't have the answers. But her tools for asking the questions could use some sharpening. Still, she has an attractive if thin voice, and her music should be warm, shimmering, and inviting for fans of the genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2004
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724359094328
catalogNumber: 82

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephanie Kirkham   Primary Artist,Vocals
Clive Deamer   Percussion,Drums
Ian Stanley   Percussion,Keyboards,Melodica,Kalimba
Karl Breen   Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Jones   Bass
Naimee Coleman   Background Vocals
Graham Bolger   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Robin Hurt   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Paul Stratham   Guitar,Keyboards
Rob O'Geibheannaigh   Acoustic Guitar
Neil Taylor   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

M. Graves   Composer
Ian Stanley   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Bob Wainwright   Composer
Stephanie Kirkham   Artwork,Paintings
Graham Bolger   Programming,Engineer
Marc Dolley   Artwork
Paul Stratham   Programming

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