Quirky. It’s a word that’s often been used to describe Brisbane’s Kate Miller-Heidke. She confused the life out of many with her debut ‘Little Eve’ last year and there may have been the temptation to play it safe on the notorious ‘second album’. But what’s exciting is that Kate has thrown caution to the wind, once again refusing to be pigeon-holed on her follow-up ‘Curiouser’. With her classically-trained voice, she’s enjoyed great airplay on the Nova network with first single ‘Can’t Shake It’ (her biggest hit to date) which sits comfortably somewhere between the dancefloor and the bandroom. On the mid-tempo second track ‘God’s Gift To Women’, there are moments when that voice sounds impressively similar to Shakespear’s Sister goddess Marcella Detroit. Elsewhere on the album, ‘The Last Day On Earth’ is a tender love song in which Kate pines for a love lost, ‘It’s the last day on earth in my dreams, it’s the end of the world and you’ve come back to me’ while ‘I Like You Better’ harks back to the sounds of Queen-esque anthemic pOp-rock.
But it’s rumoured second single ‘Caught In The Crowd’ that we’ve totally fallen in love with – Kate’s honest and simply moving apology to a former schoolmate who was subjected to school-yard bullying. ‘James’ should be (as we are) incredibly touched by what is, at it’s heart, a belated and beautiful gesture, a song penned in an effort to right a past wrong.
Curiouser’s strength lies in it’s musical diversity – from delicate ballads to quirky pOp songs – nothing on the album ever sounds forced or out of place. We’re excited for what future success may befall Kate Miller-Heidke and on the eve of her 27th birthday, we give this, her second album, our resounding tick of approval.
Kate Miller-Heidke’s ‘Curiouser’ is in-stores now.