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Kathy Muir

Far From Entirely

Review by Gary Hill

Folk, jazz, country and soul are all heard on this set. In a lot of ways this isn’t that far removed from the work of a lot of female singer songwriters from the 1970s. That means there’s a real classic quality to this. Everything just works really well to create a classy set of music that’s sure to please a wide range of people.

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Track by Track Review

Folk, country and soul are all combined on this roots number. It’s got both a modern singer/songwriter vibe and plenty of retro textures. It’s a cool combination and a great way to start things in style.

Heaven in Your Eyes
There’s a lot more of a modern sound to this tune. It’s more pure folk rock, that’s for sure. It’s also a great piece of music.
Sweet and Easy

Here we get an easy listening meets jazz treatment added to the sound heard to this point. It’s definitely classic and classy.

Come Undone

Bluesy and also jazzy, this is another strong tune. In a lot of ways it has the most complex structure of the whole disc. It’s also one of the highlights.

One Step Away

Keyboards start this and the classic 1970s female singer songwriter element is all over this. This remains mellow with the keyboards as the only instrumental backdrop. It’s quite an evocative and pretty song.

Ties of Love

The mellower portions here are based mostly on acoustic guitar lines. It rocks out more at points, though and this is one of the more dynamic and energized pieces on show here. It leans towards progressive rock at times.

Fairytale Lies

There’s a lot of great country and rock and roll merged on this high energy number. It’s one of the most energetic and rocking tunes on the whole disc and it’s very tasty.

You Surround Me

Here we get an instrumental that really could best be labeled as “mellow progressive rock.”

The Piano Plays a Melody

This one is so much like one of the female singer songwriter torch singers form the 1970s that it’s scary. There’s quite a bit of jazz here. I would have to say it reminds me of The Carpenters, too.

Dream of the Night

Bouncy and tasty, this one covers folk rock and a lot of other sounds. There is some jazz in the mix and there’s a lot of energy and oomph to this. The multiple layers of vocals add a lot and it’s a great way to end the set in style.

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