- Performer:Kathryn Williams
- Title:Songs From the Novel Greatest Hits
- Date of release:June 23, 2017
- Recording location:Echo Zoo Studios, Eastbourne
- Size FLAC version1744 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1958 megabytes
- Size WMA version1830 megabytes
- Formats:VOC MOD DMF AHX FLAC AAC
Songs from the Novel 'Greatest Hits' is the 14th studio album by British singer-songwriter, Kathryn Williams and a collaboration with the novelist Laura Barnett based on her second novel Greatest Hits. The project was conceived from Barnett's interest in Williams' Hypoxia album centred on Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar' novel and her concept of her own novel having a soundtrack of the protagonist, Cass Wheeler's music
Laura Barnett, Kathryn Williams. Laura Barnett, Kathryn Williams. Laura Barnett, Romeo Stodart, Kathryn Williams. 4. I Wrote You a Love Song. 5. Just Us Two. Laura Barnett, Polly Paulusma, Michele Stodart, Kathryn Williams. 7. Don't Step on the Cracks. Laura Barnett, Kathryn Williams
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The novel Greatest Hits tells the story of Cass Williams, a fictional musical artist who enjoyed huge success from the early '70s, only to retire mysteriously at the height of her fame. Two decades later, she is spending a single day in her recording studio, picking out tracks for a very personal Greatest Hits album. Each chapter of Greatest Hits opens with one of these songs and takes the reader back through Cass’s life, from her childhood, through her earliest days as a singer, to the terrible crisis that caused her to flee her own life.
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For Williams, who has previously conceived a concept album about Sylvia Plath, it’s an opportunity to somewhat awkwardly apply her delicate whimsy to blues-rock (Road of Shadows), smoky girl group-pop (She Wears a Dress), Mazzy Star influences (Lilies) and even some ham-fisted electronica (Architect). At first it’s a jolting listen, but on songs such as Queen of the Snow and Gethsemane Williams’s songwriting feels lusher and more natural. Whatever the genre, though, you really need care about the character to appreciate the depth of the songs; in which case, read the book first.
Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams releases a ‘soundtrack album’ to a brand new novel by best-selling author Laura Barnett, that follows the life of a fictional singer. Greatest Hits, the hotly-anticipated follow-up to Barnett’s novel The Versions of Us, is released alongside the brand new album by Kathryn Williams – Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits. The original songs are written by Kathryn Williams, with lyrics by Laura Barnett and Kathryn Williams, and is released through One Little Indian. CD - Digipack with booklet. CD+ - Deluxe book style CD with lyrics.
For her latest, Kathryn Williams pairs up with author Laura Barnett with a collection of songs based on her second novel, Greatest Hits. Played out over 16 songs/chapters, it could be argued that the diversity of styles and the way songs numbers take off at musical tangents mid-song work to a disadvantage, but throughout it’s anchored by Williams’ smoky tones, at the same time both seductive and guileless, and the quality of her and Barnett’s lyrics.
CreditsLaura Barnett - Composer, Vocals (Background)
Andy Bruce - Organ (Hammond), Piano, Piano (Electric), Wurlitzer
C.J. Jones - Congas, Drums, Timpani
Dave Lynch - Engineer, Mixing
Neill MacColl - Autoharp, Ebo, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Mandolin, Zither
Trevor Michael - Engineer
Polly Paulusma - Composer
Kate St. John - Accordion, Cor Anglais, Horn Arrangements, Oboe, Saxophone
Michele Stodart - Bass, Bell, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Bass), Percussion, Vocals (Background), Whistle
Romeo Stodart - Bass, Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Horn Arrangements, Marimba, Organ (Hammond), Piano, Producer, String Machine, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Kathryn Williams - Bell, Composer, Drum Machine, Guitar (Acoustic), Organ (Hammond), Piano, Primary Artist, Toy Piano, Vocals
|1||Common Ground Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||4:15|
|2||Architect Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||2:53|
|3||Living Free Laura Barnett / Romeo Stodart / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||3:51|
|4||I Wrote You a Love Song Laura Barnett / Romeo Stodart / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||3:01|
|5||Just Us Two Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||2:12|
|6||Road of Shadows Laura Barnett / Polly Paulusma / Michele Stodart / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||2:44|
|7||Don't Step on the Cracks Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||3:02|
|8||She Wears a Dress Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||2:08|
|9||Lilies Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||3:30|
|10||Brightest Star Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||2:48|
|11||In This Garden Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||3:18|
|12||Queen of the Snow Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||3:20|
|13||Home Laura Barnett / Michele Stodart / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||2:25|
|14||Edge of the World Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||3:50|
|15||Gethsemane Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||5:22|
|16||When Morning Comes Laura Barnett / Kathryn Williams||Kathryn Williams||3:48|