Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Most recent release, Return to Planet Earth (2003)
In spirit this is most like Cindy Lee Berryhill, in sound like suddenly, tammy!, and a little like Juliana Hatfield and/or Frente. (Neile)
Own, co-writers, and occasional covers
At first her pop sound seemed indistinguishable from others in the genre to me. I thought she was another Juliana Hatfield or Frente, but gradually the individual and quirky nature of the sound and lyrics became apparent the more I listened. I realized her sound is more along the Cindy Lee Berryhill and suddenly, tammy! lines: humour and depth are both readily apparent after the first couple of listens. I probably had more pure fun playing Kim Fox's music than I did with any other artist this year. And I sang along most of the time—I don't usually do that. Delightful fun, but also with haunting emotional moments. (Neile)
Comments about live performance:
She was pretty entertaining, though her songs were kind of silly. Some of the lyrics really had me cracking up. The highlight of the evening was when she sang her single, "I Wanna Be a Witch", a cappella (sort of) to the sound of her chopping a log (yes, actually chopping a small log with a small hatchet, right there on stage). Apparently her boyfriend had given her a record of prison songs, where the only musical accompaniment is guys rustling their chains or chopping wood. Anyway, she apparently found it inspirational. Overall, she had a great personality, but I wasn't that impressed with her voice or her songwriting. Her piano playing was pretty good—much better than her guitar playing. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Widely available in the U.S.
Recommended for fans of quirky pop
Kim Fox—piano, vocals, string arrangement, moog, orchestral arrangement, acoustic guitar, organ, rhodes, glockenspiel, mellotron, concertina, consolette, bass, vibes
Vess Rubtenberg—guitar, bass, percussion, spoons, lead guitar
Tori lite? No way! Amos hasn't been this lucid since Little Earthquakes. Beautiful, funny, unsettling, magical. (email@example.com)
Recommendedfor Kim Fox fans
"Kim and Linus sang and played everything except..."
Jon Brion—guitar on 1 tack, celeste, ukulele and slide guitar on 1 track
Linus of Hollywood
Alas, the quirkiness that I loved on the previous album is hidden here, and I really missed the haunting sense of loss and the stories of the previous album. The songs here are mostly pretty predictable pop love songs, and as such are of lesser interest to me than the work on her previous album which I grew to love so well. There are hints of all this here but it just doesn't stick with me. (Neile)
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