It’s not that Christine Kane has expanded the parameters as
far as the fairer sex’s singer/songwriter motif is concerned. In fact, barely a song or two into her newest
album, a flood of comparisons quickly come to mind. Echoes of Rosanne Cash,
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Carole King, Carly Simon and Catie Curtis infiltrate
these proceedings, leaving an agreeable aura and a tender touch.
Yet, it would be selling her short to merely lump her in
with all the competition; over the course of her previous half dozen offerings,
Kane’s proven herself a master of soft-pedaled melodies and a hushed, low-lit
delivery. Wide Awake proves no exception, its songs coming on modestly at
first before widening their reach and allowing the supple nuances to evolve
into a more seductive impression.
Consequently, tunes like “Virginia” and “Seasons Changing” ring with a
resilience that has them breeding familiarity even on first hearing. Yet even the more nuanced performances – the
modestly enticing title track, the unobtrusive but yet quietly embracing “How
To Be Real,” the pretty and genteel “The Real World” – leave their mark with
Christine Kane doesn’t demand attention but she certainly
deserves it nonetheless.
Standout Tracks: “Virginia,” “Seasons Changing” LEE ZIMMERMAN