January 4, 2022
Babooshka is a great opener, undercut by the trio of dull tracks that follow (there would be no need for a Delius to create odes to nature if the British Empire hadn't been destroying it for centuries, and self referential odes to the music industry have always bored me, while the 4th track on the album is just emptiness posing as depth). Egypt is musically interesting but literally has nothing to say.
The Wedding List brings some excitement to the proceedings, but its entire reason for being is a great film by Truffault (and Kate is a huge film fan, which contributes to my perception of her as being deeply conservative and not well educated). Violin continues in this vein with one of the most progressive and interesting songs in her catalog. The Infant Kiss continues her boring exaltations of family life and domesticity, and the last two tracks are decent, but her first trio of records were mostly boring beyond comprehension.