Album reviews

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    4/5 star review of ‘Paszport’ by Guardian

    Katy Carr has a mission: to publicise stories of the Polish forces during the second world war. In doing so she has created one of the most unusual, passionate and intriguing concept albums of the year. Born in Nottingham to a Polish mother and Anglo-Scottish father, she became fascinated by the era after meeting Kazik Piechowski, who escaped […]

  • Katy Carr 4/5 star Independent review

    4/5 star review of ‘Paszport’ in the Independent

    An exploration of her mother’s Polish roots by an English singer-songwriter; but not a subjective trawl through family history, à la Who Do You Think You Are? Paszport is more oblique than that. Instead of sloshing through Carr’s personal world, the listener is invited into a series of narratives that embrace a variety of possible Polands, some […]

  • FRoots Folk roots review of Paszport by Ian Anderson

    This is so very good it could actually give the terms ‘singer songwriter’ and ‘con- cept album’ good names. Now there’s a notion! London-based Katy Carr came from the East Midlands but her grandmother’s generation in the 1930s and ’40s were from Poland. Already known for a fascination with all things 1940s and flighty (she’s […]

  • Katy’s previous album review quotes for ‘Screwing Lies’ [2001] ‘Passion Play’ [2003]

    ‘Definitely one for the Mercury Prize Jury to consider’ The Times ‘Resonant, if slightly mad, debut by alt – folk star in waiting’ Q **** ‘Second album from English dance-folk prodigy. ’ Uncut *** ‘Out-Bushes Kate’ Metro ‘The DIY ethos of punk is back. Singer-songwriter Katy Carr shun’s the major labels to make music on […]

  • Craig Haggis Blogspot review ‘Coquette’ [2009]

    Tell me more: Carr transports herself back to Wartime England, where she takes on the characters of many women of the era who played such pivotal roles during such arduous and fearful times, from the entertainers like Marlene Dietrich to coquettes and women who worked in munitions factories. The Lowdown: Carr weaves a string of […]

  • blog spot in French review of ‘Coquette’ [2009]

    Beware ! Masterpiece in sight ! L’Angleterre nous gâte en cette fin d’année musicale. Après l’incroyable et inattendue découverte de Gabby Young, je vous propose de découvrir sans plus attendre la grande artiste qu’est déjà Katy Carr. Cette demoiselle établie à Londres est une artiste le plus souvent accompagnée de son groupe The Aviators. Elle […]

  • Helen McCookerybook Blog review

    Katy Carr: Coquette – Greg Kurstin and Inara George (otherwise known as Bird and a Bee) must be weeping into their mirror-mirror-on-the-wall! Here is Katy, challenging them for their pop-electronica crown, but with some of the most beautifully-recorded string arrangements I’ve ever heard- not so much lush and blossoming but twiggy and just resonant enough […]

  • ‘Kommander’s Carr’ Katy Carr feature in Polish Observer 16-31 Dec 2009

    ‘Kommander’s Carr’ Katy Carr feature in Polish Observer 16-31 Dec 2009 About your history and love of Poland, your music, documentary and flying. Kommander’s Carr So please tell us about your Polish Roots… My mother is Polish. My Father worked in Poland during the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s. He worked for a company […]

  • Fatea review of ‘Coquette’ [2009]

    Katy Carr has long been a songwriter’s songwriter, innovative and more than a little out there. She sits on a rich vein of creativity that turn many of her songs into performance. “Coquette” is an album that will hopefully bring her a wider audience. The thirties and forties theme of the cover offer genuine clues […]

  • Sunday Mercury review of ‘Coquette’ [2009]

    FORMER RAF pilot Katy Carr’s new album is inspired by people and events from the 1940s, but don’t expect Andrews Sisters nostalgia. Musically, this is edgy alt.folk that will sit well with admirers of Regina Spektor and Imogen Heap. Berliner Ring is a tribute to Marlene Dietrich, Violetta is sung in French and Orchidophile recalls […]