Album Review: Volume 1 by Katy vs. Evil

Album Name: Volume 1
Artist: Katy vs. Evil
Year/Label: 2004 / Ranch Girl

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Katy vs. Evil are a band fronted by Katy Gunn who sings and plays the violin. Their debut is multifaceted and rich.

“Soul Squeeze” has rapid-fire vocals and a frantic backing.

“Disillusion” is a laid-back track that has Gunn emoting in trip hop diva style.

“How You Love” has echoes of Portishead’s dark glamour. Gunn has the startling voice that you need to get away with that. The lyrics are disturbing and vivid.

“Neil’s Universe” is reminiscent of Fiona Apple’s jazzy, dramatic sound. Gunn shows that she’s equally at home with the piano as she is with the violin.

“Tango” lives up to its title musically and the words speak of a difficult relationship. The result is a pleasure to hear.

This album is audacious and inspired.

Posted on April 24, 2004

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Fool
2. Soul Squeeze
3. Disillusion
4. Delicious
5. August 22nd, Late Afternoon
6. How You Love
7. Neil’s Universe
8. Tango
9. Move
10. Life song

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Comments:

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: I checked out this CD after reading Anna’s review and it rocks! I have to say this is one of the most diverse albums I have ever heard – very refreshing – we need more of this! That said, although it seems Anna liked the album – I think she should listen a little more carefully – “Move” and “Life Song” are some of the best songs I have ever heard – really cool stuff that combines rock, house, triphop, etc.. and she has skipped these tracks in her review! Also – the song “SoulSqueeze” I thought was some of the best lyric writing and rapid-fire vocals since I first heard Ani DiFranco. As a DJ and music lover, however, I think the reviewer needs to use terms that describe the music – “frantic backing” seems negative and strange, considering what the tune really does is showcase some of the best live “drum n bass” I’ve heard in a while… Go Katy!
~Michelle Johnson

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