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Rhythms Magazine review in Australia

Mo in Australia

“Singer-songwriter Kenney falls pleasingly between new folk and roots, though a recent award landed in the pop category. Pigeonholes though are as irrelevant to the portrait of Mo Kenney as they’ve been to k.d. lang or Jeff Buckley. If I could think of a better word than ‘pure’ to describe her voice, I’d use it. And Kenney really knows how to use her gift – from playfully chiming to soaring with barely contained passion. She’s no imitator, but recalls the aural effect of Nico or Cat Power. An aft-wounded heart is laid bare in lyrics that are revealing yet restrained belying Kenney’s youth. Her acoustic guitar and piano are joined by producer Joel Plaskett who played on and co-wrote a couple of tracks. Kenney’s early heroes included Zeppelin, Floyd and Sabbath inspiring an earthy edge from outside the acoustic zone. She valiantly covers David Bowie’s “Five Years” pretty much making it her own. The sweet and breezy “Eden” could easily slip into the Juno soundtrack. “The Great Escape” too is bouncy yet subtly ominous and electrified. As humble support act at a concert in Canada, Mo Kenney achieved the almost impossible – a standing ovation. At 23, Kenney presents a stunningly beautiful album promising a lifetime of delights with each future release.” – Rhythms Magazine (AU)

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