Live: Kathryn Williams @ The Zodiac

first_imgReviewers have described Kathryn Williams voice as ‘delicate’ and ‘ethereal’; physically she is much more corporeal. This was just one of the anomalies that crept up in Sunday night’s performance, in which Williams sang mostly songs from her recent album Relations intermeshed with tracks from her last set Old Low Light. Her songs are beautiful, in particular the rendition of ‘Birds’ by Neil Young, with a sense of the real emotion in what she was singing. Perhaps she had a little too much emotion. Williams did seem to be taking herself a little too seriously, understandable given her lyrics. “You put your lip-gloss on, you’re dressed up to the top of your knickers,” etc was a little hard to take. Perhaps it is that Williams occupies such a middle of the road market; her album Relations was Radio Two’s album of the week and her audience comprised mainly of middle aged men and teenage girls. Moreover, the ‘fragility’ of William’s voice translates to weakness in a live set, frequently drowned out by the noise of the instruments. Given that I’m a Kathryn Williams fan, it is surprising that I am so critical, but I felt her set was overwhelmingly disappointing. The songs that on the albums sound so beautiful and poignant, were performed in a manner rendering the sentiment little more than: “I’m so sad, why don’t boys like me?” This is a pity because I’m sure Williams feels that they do mean much more than that. Sunday night’s performance did little to demonstrate Williams’ abilities. If you like her music you’re better off buying one of her albums, the live version isn’t comparable.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

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Raising agents firm gains US distributor

first_imgKudos Blends, the leading supplier of technically driven raising agents, has secured a distributor for its products in the USA.The Shropshire-based business has a signed a deal with Brenntag North America, which it said will “expand the reach of Kudos’ low sodium solutions for baked goods throughout the United States and provide quality local support to existing customers”.Brenntag North America will be responsible for the distribution of Kudos Potassium Bicarbonate, a product developed as an alternative to sodium bicarbonate to aid bakers in reducing sodium content without removing salt.Dinnie Jordan, chief executive of Kudos Blends, said: “As the demand for sodium reduction solutions increases across the globe, it is important for Kudos as an industry leader to be able to meet customers’ needs and provide them with the products and knowledge they need on a local scale.Brenntag“Brenntag was the ideal choice for us, due to its proactive approach and focus on understanding their customers. A strong and fruitful partnership is sure to be developed with Brenntag and they are a welcome addition to our team.”Leslie Darden, marketing director, Brenntag North America, added: “Brenntag is committed to bringing innovative solutions to our customers. Kudos brings patented technology and a commitment to continuous innovation that will bring technical expertise to our customers. We are excited for this partnership and believe the Kudos product line is an excellent addition to our product portfolio.”last_img read more

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