Kate Walsh: Swooning Devotion in 'Your Song'

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  • Song: "Your Song"
  • Artist: Kate Walsh
  • CD: Tim's House
  • Genre: Folk-Pop
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Kate Walsh finds the loveliest possible melody at every turn in "Your Song," while her words remain simple and direct. courtesy of Kate Walsh hide caption

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Kate Walsh is bound to get confused with other fresh-faced singing Kates — Kate Nash, Kate Maki — not to mention the Kate Walsh from Grey's Anatomy. It doesn't help the English singer's cause that her sweet-voiced ballads exude more gentle kindness than charisma, but her gorgeous "Your Song" stands out anyway.

Walsh manages a delicate tone of swooning devotion in "Your Song" — "I'm stuck on a boy who fills me with joy" — strolling right up to the line between innocent and cloying without winding up on the wrong side of it. It helps that "Your Song" is almost overpoweringly pretty: Walsh finds the loveliest possible melody at every turn, while her words remain simple and direct. The love story at the heart of "Your Song" doesn't seem terribly complex, but Walsh's vocal aches with the weight of the highest possible stakes.

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