KATE TEM­PEST

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Ev­ery­body Down Big Dada

★★★ Spo­ken word artist, play­wright and poet Kate Tem­pest’s move into mu­sic-mak­ing is, as you’d ex­pect, heavy on the lyrics. Tem­pest has made a name for her­self as an in­sight­ful, gritty and ef­fec­tive sto­ry­teller. With Dan Car­ney pro­duc­ing, Ev­ery­body Down gets right into the swing of things, as Tem­pest turns out tracks full of rich de­tail, sharply ob­served char­ac­ters and rhymes that are pre­cisely sculpted to fit. She has a great ear for what hap­pens on both pub­lic and per­sonal stages, with Mar­shall Law and The Heist full of as­tute no­tions and care­fully noted in­sights. If there’s one draw­back, it’s that Tem­pest’s de­liv­ery still lacks the bounce and bal­last to make these tracks work in this set­ting. It’ll take a lit­tle more time for the spo­ken word artist to be­come the rap­per. katetem­pest. co.uk Down­load: Mar­shall Law, The Heist

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