Kathy Muir – Book Cover Judge

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Kathy Muir is a surging artist from Connecticut but originally hails from the UK. Her latest CD released in 2014 is entitled “Book Cover Judge”. Citing from her bio: With a distinctive voice and lyrical style that combines a blend of acoustic and pop influences infused with a hint of blues, Kathy brings a unique spectrum of songs to the stage. The music is as unconstrained by artistic boundaries as the woman herself. As a young teenager growing up on Edinburgh’s south side, Kathy loved to sing Sunday hymns or ‘songs’, as she preferred to call them, at her local church. When folk hymns were introduced to the church and her mother became one of the singers, Kathy started to pick up on these catchier tunes and in a few years decided she too wanted to join the folk group.

Nowadays making music is so accessible to anyone and being that we have the do it yourself attitude, it just makes sense. Most bands don’t want to sit around just waiting for someone to make our dreams come true, they are doing it themselves. This latest album by Muir is an extremely bright, cheerful, at times thoughtful/powerful album that captures the pure essence of Classic Rock, Jam Band Blues at its best. All 12 tracks provide an intensely exhilarating experience that can tingle the senses into submission. In this aspect I think I get Muir. If you’re looking for a sappy love record this may not be for you. If your looking for The Rhianna – again not for you. If you are looking for something in between – it’s the perfect record for you. The frontal core member of Muir is backed by some very capable players. His voice fits this style of music like a hand in glove. Muir delivers middle ground between sappy love songs and raw honest rock subject matter. The first 2 tracks (Head Down) and (Soul Lover) are like pouring gasoline on a fire. I guess the closest artist I would compare her to would be Bonnie Raitt or even Melissa Etheridge. But I can also hear Adele, Katherine McPhee, Michelle Branch and Ingrid Michaelson. Muir also harmonizes well and the guitar playing and voice (especially paired with a folksy acoustic guitar) is a bit magical.

Some feel music is a way to buzz the senses during any activity i/e concerts, clubs, dancing, exercising, getting drunk, all of the above and more – you get it. Some want to hear about love while other listeners want to go deeper and darker. From one of their more powerful “Seattle Mornin’” and “Ride These Times” to more straight forward “Back to You” and “Head Down” any music fan can find something they would enjoy in this mixture of superlative songs. My favorite tracks are “Head Down”, “Softly” and “I Will Be There.”

Kathy Muir offers an ample listening environment on “Book Cover Judge” with a spirited, soothing yet rocking sound that will appeal too many. I feel it will encourage the listener to delve in life’s ride, no matter what the circumstance. In this aspect Muir deserves a lot of credit for bringing all that tougher. She is energetic, stimulating, clairvoyant “wise woman” sound can be appreciated by anyone that enjoys music, even those who typically may not enjoy one particular style. I enjoyed this album sitting on my couch on full blast, with eyes closed eager to see where the musical journey took me This sounds so simple but it’s in this setting Kathy Muir’s music works its magic best on your senses.

SPOTFLY: Final Rating

Score: 4/5

by Jess Campbell