I really should have hooked this review up what feels like an eternity ago but things happen, plans change, real life gets in the way and before you know it a review has got completely lost in the shuffle. So before I go any further apologies for the unbelievable lateness on this one, but I’ve got there in the end.
I would say that you will remember back when I first reviewed Miss Rae but frankly it was that long ago you’ve probably had 3 kids and been divorced twice since then so I’ll just leave this handy little link here. (Kaity Rae ‘Spark’ single review)
The long and short of it is that I reviewed the lead single from this project and was very very impressed. There’s so many brilliant female singer/songwriters (Sorry for using that crappy term) around at the minute and Kaity Rae is definitely up there with the best of them.
Spark is Kaity’s debut EP and was officially released in November last year, and I’m reliably informed that she is getting to work on some new material this summer so hopefully I should have something for you later on in the year.
The EP opens with title track and lead single Spark. This is the track that first got me interested in Kaity’s music and its appeal hasn’t lessened in the lightest. She proves it even more later on in proceedings but Rae knows how to write a quality pop ballad. The vocal glides over an acoustic guitar led backdrop without being overly dominant, a trap which many fall into in my experience. I said when I reviewed this track the first time around that if it was recorded by a ‘name’ then it would chart in the top 5 easily and I stand by that, it’s a beautiful track.
Across The Sea is more of the same rich, slow ballady goodness. (Yes, I know that ‘ballady’ isn’t a word, just go with me on this one) I mentioned earlier that there is a smoothness about her vocal and that is still stunningly true here, the track is musical silk. The whole thing like the EP as a whole just flows really well. The pace picks up for Final Bow in the form of a shuffling, upbeat rhythm. The slight switch in style shows that Rae isn’t a one trick pony and is capable of mixing things up when given the chance. The addition of an electric guitar is also a good touch. This is another tune that I think would work brilliantly as a single, I’d like to see Rae explore this side of her repertoire more in the future because as good as her ballads are you do need that balance.
A gentle piano riff and melody lays the base for closing track It Is in calm and measured style, and by this point I would expect nothing less. The piano gives the song a different feel from the others and in the process layers on some extra emotion as if anymore was needed. Kaity Rae was only 17 when this EP was released; a fact which still blows my mind. The maturity in the song writing, in her voice and in the overall composition of the song belies those tender years.
Spark marks Kaity Rae’s first step on the ladder in terms of her music career but it’s a ladder which I think she is going to climb at a serious rate of knots. I just think that she’s got so much potential, she’s got a bit of everything in her locker. I think it’s vital that she keeps showing versatility in her music as no matter how good her ballads are if that’s all that you bring to the table then people will get bored very quickly. Other than that there really isn’t much else to say, Spark is a quite sensational debut, it’s as simple as that.
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