I know Katie Noonan has a bit of following in her native Australia, but I can’t say that I am familiar with her music at all. She has a nice, frail-ish voice that is very expressive (similar to Sinead O Connor’s) and I kind of like it a lot. I am listening now her new album, which is a cover album of songs from the 80s, supposedly her main musical influences. And even though it is titled ‘The Sweetest Taboo,’ you would think she covered the Sade song, right ? (It’s an 80s song, after all) But curiously, she doesn’t sing it.
These are mostly stripped-down versions of these songs, in a mostly jazz setting, although she doesn’t sing it like a jazz singer would. But I do like her acoustic versions of ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody,’ and ‘When Tomorrow Comes.’ I don’t know if they will replace Whitney or Annie’s versions, but these are pleasant to listen to.
What I have a problem with is the sameness of the arrangements. One song blurs into the next, and after a while it just gets boring. Maybe taken as track by track, they have merit, but as a whole, it’s a big yawn