Kate Cameron - Conviction
Kate Cameron's 7-track debut EP is entitled "Conviction" and that word in and of itself is a good description of how the whole album is delivered - lots and lots and lots of emotion and you get the feeling that Cameron sang the entire thing with her eyes closed, fully 'in the moment'.
It's mostly an emo-pop affair, songs of hope and loss, but to say that is it would do it a great injustice. There are hints of the blues and rocky guitars in the instrumentation and Cameron's vocal tone is husky and mature. You wouldn't believe she was sixteen - she sounds more like a soul queen who has been smoking cigarillos for 30 years. There are moments of bad control and over-done energy that belie her age, but they will hopefully be smoothed out by some singing lessons and a little time.
"Words I Could Never Say" is bluesy and swaying and maybe slightly overcooked on soulful emotion but nonetheless it is the best constructed song on the EP. This isn't teeny-bop fare, but that shoots Cameron in the foot in some ways - songs of love and loss are best expressed by people who have experienced them first hand, simply because it makes for more interesting lyrics. But she's got talent and a good base on which to build onwards and upwards.
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