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KATHRYN WIL­LIAMS Songs From The Novel Great­est Hits ★★★★ One Lit­tle In­dian

Fresh from the suc­cess of her 2015 Sylvia Plath al­bum,

Hy­poxia, Kathryn Wil­liams has em­barked on an­other highly fruit­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion, this time with au­thor Laura Bar­nett (The

Ver­sion of Us). Bar­nett in­vited Wil­liams to pen songs to ac­com­pany her new book,

Great­est Hits, the story of a fic­tional mu­sic artist, Cass Wil­liams. Kathryn Wil­liams takes up the cud­gel with gusto, run­ning the gamut of emo­tions and mu­si­cal styles. From the ten­der ex­po­si­tions of her 2000 al­bum

Lit­tle Black Num­bers, Wil­liams has al­ways been at her best when she’s ap­ply­ing a scalpel to the most minute of hu­man emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ences. She’s abet­ted by sib­lings Romeo and Michele Sto­dart (The Magic Num­bers) on pro­duc­tion, in­stru­men­ta­tion and back­ing vo­cals. kathryn­

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