New York-out-of-Dublin singer-songwriter breaks long silence

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Katell Keineg – High July

It’s seven years since Katell Keineg’s second album Jet appeared on Elektra, knocking spots off all the post-Alanis angst-driven female competition, though commercially the record sank without trace. The belated follow-up is an utterly delicious record. Like Natalie Merchant or Annie Lennox, Keineg has a voice that demands attention and cuts through any musical frequency, while left-of-centre tunes such as “Shaking The Disease”and “What’s The Only Thing Worse Than The End Of Time?”confirm her as a songwriter who combines a genuinely poetic sensibility with melodic flair and invention. Worth the wait.