ALBUM REVIEW: Kate Miller Heidke – O Vertigo!
Kate Miller Heidke is truly an Australian treasure in the music industry. She is an artist who constantly steps up her game with every release and always delivers an amazing live performance. Kate has recently split with her major record label and decided to go independent to allow full creative control with the release of her fourth studio album. She asked fans to donate some money to make the recording and release of this album possible. She reached her target goal in three days smashing Australian crowd funding records.
‘O Vertigo!’ is the result and is a charismatic and impressive album with witty and heart warming songs. Musically this album is diverse and sees Kate taking some inspiration from each of her previous albums. There are a couple of folk inspired tracks reminiscent of her debut album ‘Little Eve’, quirky pop tracks similar to ‘Curiouser’ and some more melodic tracks that could have easily been on ‘Nightflight’. Kate teams up with Passenger, Drapht and Megan Washington on this record for some innovative and interesting collaborations. Title track ‘O Vertigo!’ is the clear stand out and is definitely a possible radio hit with its infectious pop hook. Other highlights on this album include ‘Share Your Air’ (Feat Passenger), ‘What Was I To You’, ‘Sing To Me’, ‘Offer It Up’, ‘Drama’ (Feat Drapht).
This is Kate Miller Heidke’s strongest collection of material with a wide range of musical ideas complimenting each other. Her vocal range has always been impressive but being 100% in creative control this has allowed her to further experiment with her range. ‘Rock This Baby To Sleep’ and ‘Bliss’ failed to connect along with the odd track ‘Jimmy’ which I’m still unsure about. This album is definitely worth the listen and it will make you appreciate the true talent of this Australian songstress.
The songs from O Vertigo are going to translate incredibly well live so you won’t want to miss her when she tour’s Australia. Check out the tour dates below;
Friday March 28 – St David’s Cathedral, Hobart
Saturday April 5 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
Sunday April 6 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
Saturday April 19 – Bluesfest, Byron Bay
Monday May 26- Sydney Opera House