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Kate Miller-Heidke, Nightflight
Sony Music, June 5

08/02/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



You can’t much go wrong with a combination of Zola Jesus and Tori Amos, which is essentially what this Australian consists of. She’s deeply classically trained, and by all rights should be on the road right this minute performing Gilbert and Sullivan stuff, but the lure of artistic exploration (and modern relevance) in the pop arena nixed all that. That isn’t to say anything here is brainless, even if obvious single “I’ll Change Your Mind” courts the unmarried-female-approaching-30 vote by leaning a bit on the borderline-stalker angle: “I know you’re using me for comfort and company/I’m using you too, to feed my fantasy” — like, totally tubular. But that’s the rare exception on this record, not the norm, which parlays her pro opera chops in odd places — “Humiliation,” for example, a highly technical chillout that seems to be out to mop the floor with Sarah McLachlan. A —Eric W. Saeger






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