Relations (album)

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Studio album by
LabelCaw Records
ProducerKathryn Williams
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Relations is an album of cover versions by Kathryn Williams, released by CAW Records on 17 May 2004. The album was a BBC Radio 2 Album Of The Week, and peaked at no.76 in the UK albums chart.[1]

The two live tracks, 'Hallelujah' & 'These Days' were recorded live at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, London on 10 August 2003[2][3]

Williams admitted in an interview with The Independent newspaper "I don't even like covers albums" but that "I'm not trying to better the originals or debase their talent ....more a case of trying subtly to put your stamp on what you consider a brilliant song" [4]

The album received mixed reviews with The Guardian concluding "The originals were better" [5] and UNCUT magazine called it "an unusual album of cover versions".[6] The MusicOMH review acknowledged "this may not be to everybody's taste (but) buy It and prepare to be seduced" [7] with Popmatters suggesting the album was "partly recognized, partly elusive, offering an irresistible invitation to explore it further." [8]

Track listing[]

  1. "In a Broken Dream" (David Bentley; originally recorded by Python Lee Jackson) – 3:37
  2. "Birds" (Neil Young) – 2:26
  3. "Thirteen" (Alex Chilton, Chris Bell; originally recorded by Big Star) – 2:56
  4. "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen) – 5:08
  5. "Ballad of Easy Rider" (Roger McGuinn; originally recorded by The Byrds) – 2:50
  6. "A Guy What Takes His Time" (Ralph Rainger; originally recorded by Mae West) – 2:58
  7. "Candy Says" (Lou Reed; originally recorded by The Velvet Underground) – 3:33
  8. "How Can We Hang On to a Dream" (Tim Hardin) – 2:34
  9. "I Started a Joke" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb; originally recorded by The Bee Gees) – 3:07
  10. "Easy and Me" (Lee Hazlewood) – 2:46
  11. "Spit on a Stranger" (Stephen Malkmus; originally recorded by Pavement) – 3:23
  12. "All Apologies" (Kurt Cobain; originally recorded by Nirvana) – 3:34
  13. "Beautiful Cosmos" (Ivor Cutler) – 1:31
  14. "These Days" (Jackson Browne) – 4:02


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  1. ^ "relations | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  2. ^ Peschek, David (2003-08-12). "Kathryn Williams". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  3. ^ "London Theatre Guide News / Open Air Theatre Regent's Park announce 2003 Season". Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  4. ^ "Kathryn Williams: The tracks of my tears". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  5. ^ Sweeting, Adam (2004-05-13). "Kathryn Williams, Relations". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  6. ^ "Kathryn Williams - Relations - Uncut". Uncut. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  7. ^ "Kathryn Williams - Relations | Albums | musicOMH". musicOMH. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  8. ^ "Kathryn Williams: Relations". PopMatters. Retrieved 2016-03-27.