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Review: Kylie Auldist Shows Us What She Is ‘Made Of’

24/08/2009

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Kylie Auldist is an Australian soul/funk vocalist who is best known for her collaborative work with the The Bamboos and from her fantastic debut Just Say (2007). If I had to describe her it would be a slightly more modern version of Sharon Jones, with a little less power to her voice but equal amounts of ‘soul’. In a similar vein to Sharon Jones (and a plethora of other artists during ’08/’09) Kylie’s style is retro-flavoured soul/funk, but don’t let that put you off. Rather than serving up imitations of 60’s/70’s sounds, she takes inspiration from them and combines it with a good dose of modern ‘popular’ music. and some fantastic production from Lance Fergusson (of The Bamboos). The result? Made Of Stone is one of my favourite albums of 2009 (so far)!

Kylie Auldist – What’s The Cost?

Kylie’s rich, gritty, soul-full voice sits perfectly amongst the live instrumentation, masterfully handled by The Bamboos (who deserve to be as big as The Dap Kings). In my opinion every song on this 11-track, 45-minute album is a highlight but special mentions have to go to ‘One Goodbye’ and ‘What’s The Cost’ (2 songs I cannot get out of my head).

The overall mood of the album is an upbeat one, even on tracks where she is talking about that staple of any soul album, the ‘break up’. (‘Made Of Stone’) or where she is worrying about a short-lived romance (‘In A Week, In A Day’). However to keep things interesting there are welcome changes of gear where Kylie gets to show us her softer more mellow side, such as the tender ‘I Will’ (a dedication to her two sons) and ‘Rosy’ (where she reflects on the loss of a family member).

Kylie Auldist – In A Week, In A Day

In todays here-today, gone-tomorrow musical world the ‘hit single’ no longer quarantees longevity, instead artists need to actually work on building a strong fan base and creating quality albums from start to finish, something which Ms. Auldist has accomplished here and on her debut. I still listen to Just Say regularly and it never sounds tired or dated, something which I think will also be true for this follow-up.

For more info on Kylie check out the Tru Thoughts website, her official site or her blog.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 24/08/2009 8:57 pm

    Thanks for the article. I had never heard of her previously.

  2. 24/08/2009 9:01 pm

    Kylie Auldist also has two tracks on Cookin’ On 3 Burners new album “Soul Messin”. Sounds pretty nice.

    http://www.cookinon3burners.com/

  3. 26/08/2009 3:02 pm

    @ ECJ yeah i’m familiar with Cookin On 3 Burners … I have their album and they are also doing some UK dates in Sept with Kylie which I hope to catch.

  4. 09/09/2009 6:13 pm

    Your writing is improving with each post. Nice work here!

    And yes, it’s thanks to you that I’ve heard of Kylie. I agree with the comp to Sharon Jones sound. I look forward to hearing your review of the show – and glad you’re getting to more shows. You keep writing and the doors are going to open for you 🙂

  5. 10/09/2009 1:27 pm

    Viv, thanks as always 😉

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