The last time we heard from Liverpudlian songstress Kathryn Williams was with her excellent album of cover versions Relations. Apparently this was undertaken to enable her to 'fall in love' with music again - it seems to have succeeded as Shop Window bounces along sounding fresher than the first flower in Spring,
The main genre associated with Williams is folk, but this isn't woolly jumpers and 'stick your finger in your ear while quaffing pints of real ale' music. It's certainly her most commercial offering yet and her voice sounds as wistful as ever. It's easy to imagine this nestling cosily next to a Belle And Sebastian CD in all discerning record collections.
Williams' forthcoming album Over Fly Over is apparently her attempt to make her own version of Joni Mitchell's Blue or Dylan's Blood On The Tracks - it's a brave person who can risk being compared to those giants but this is a fine Shop Window in which this talented songwriter can promote herself.