First Appeared in The Music Box, April 2008, Volume 15, #4
Written by John Metzger
Thu April 10, 2008, 06:30 AM CDT
When it comes to artists who have arisen from the MySpace community, the best advice is to proceed with caution. Hype, after all, doesnít necessarily equate to talent, and not everyone who has used the service to leap into the limelight has been nearly as independent as they initially might appear to be. This, however, doesnít mean that there arenít a few diamonds in the rough lurking amidst the seemingly endless stream of MySpace profiles. There even are a few of them, such as Kate Walsh, who need no further polishing.
"Iím stuck on a boy who fills me with joy," Walsh sings on Your Song, the opening cut from her sophomore set Timís House. Saturated with longing, it is a tune about falling in love. Yet, the way in which she delivers her lyrics makes it sound as if something heavier is weighing upon her heart. The incorporation of a small string section serves only to magnify the sadness that hangs in the air, and it soon begins to feel as if Walsh is looking back upon a relationship that already has collapsed. Two songs later, she pulls the same trick on Is This It?, though this time, itís clearer that the disconnection between her and her partner is impossible to overcome.
Tastefully adorned with an array of acoustic textures, Timís House is, from start to finish, a quiet, lovely affair that often recalls the sad-eyed intimacy of Sarah Harmerís You Were Here. Walsh doesnít need to create a sonic ruckus; sheís wise enough to allow her lyrics to carry the load. The music, then, is meant primarily to support and strengthen the emotions she expresses, and the album, which was inspired by the fracturing of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, is all the stronger for it.
Timís House is the kind of effort that Carina Round and KT Tunstall seem to want to make. In both cases, however, record company pressures and personal ambitions combined to distort their focus, causing them to lose their way. Walsh, on the other hand, carefully constructed Timís House in producer Tim Bidwellís home, and it was completed well before she found herself backed by a major label. Whether she can withstand the attention and interference that she likely will receive when she begins work on her follow-up outing is a question that only the future can answer. If, however, Walsh never again makes an album that is this honest and pure, she, at least, will always have Timís House to hold up as her crowning achievement. Ĺ
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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