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  • Audio CD (Nov. 4 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
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Some things are worth waiting for, and this couldn't be more true of Kathryn Calder�s debut solo project �Are You My Mother?� � a recording jam-packed with contributions from her amazing friends Neko Case, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey of The New Pornographers and members of Ladyhawk. After playing keyboards and singing for Immaculate Machine and The New Pornographers for the past several years, a little voice in Kathryn Calder�s head started to ask her, �What would it be like to put out your own record?� When she couldn�t wait any longer to find out, she and her producer, Colin Stewart, took over her childhood home in Victoria, BC and set up an impromptu recording studio. With little in the way of props or technology, the pair started to cobble together the songs that would become �Are you my Mother?� Kathryn is the first to admit that she had no idea of what she wanted out of the experience before beginningto work on this CD. She�d made lots of records before, but she�d always been one of many collaborators working together on a project. She was used to half writing songs and then taking them to band members who would each have their input to help transform them. This time, she didn�t have that option and was forced to focus, work through her blocks, and go on a voyage of discovery that allowed her to finish the songs by herself. Sprightly, innovative, and optimistic, the ten original songs that came out of Calder and Stewart�s hard work will surely make �Are youmyMother?� one of 2010�s most enduring releases. �Are you my Mother?� is a transitional record from an already accomplished artist firmly hitting her stride as a solo performer. With this record, Kathryn Calder proves herself as a musician to watch, and as someone who makes music that's built to last. �Are you my Mother?� offers a timeless collection of songs, and years from now you�ll be able to say that you were there..

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Tremendous album from Kathryn Calder of the New Pornographers. Give it a chance and it will grow on you. Terrifically catchy tunes that really set a mood. Best played loud.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut Sept. 18 2010
By barbara hinklin - Published on
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I did not know what to expect from a solo record from Kathryn Calder. I am a New Pornographers fan and was very impressed with her when I saw the New Pornographers live a couple months ago. Knowing the story of how the record was made while her mother was dying I was expecting a somber album. I found the record to be upbeat, great songwriting, and the music delivered in a straight forward honest way. The album is strongest in the middle with Arrow and If You Only Knew. Every song is great and I find myself listening over and over which means that these are more than catchy songs. There is depth and nuances that are revealed with repeat listenings. I would highly recommend this album and I am currently wearing it out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Fun Record Dec 2 2010
By KyrgyzstanYgnacio - Published on
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This record is more low-key than the music I usually listen to as a big New Pornographers fan, but I warmed up to it easily. As the "other" female Pornographer, Kathryn's voice is usually second fiddle to Neko Case's, but on this album it really gets to shine. She can do everything from an intimate whisper on "Slip Away" to bold belting on the end of "All It Is."
There is also a nice variety of songs here with varying tempos and moods, so the record itself is very easy and interesting to listen to. The only track that I wasn't a huge fan of was "So Easily," but even that track is decently good.
Admittedly, Kathryn earns extra points in my book for being so sweet and kind to her fans, chatting with them after concerts, etc. So I just plain like her all around.
Personal biases aside, "Are You My Mother?" is a hearty debut offering and I think we can expect more good things from Kathryn in the future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy It Oct. 2 2012
By L. Williams - Published on
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The Song "So Easily" was featured on Warehouse 13 (episode "Trials"), a show with amazingly strong writing and character development, and I find this song by Kathryn Calder of the New Pornographers equally surprising.

Haunting, with sweet harmonies, this lament grabs at something child-like and elemental in each of us. If I hadn't gotten anything else out of watching that show, I got this song, and that's substantial.

The rest of the album varies from good to very good, from the quiet song about all it is, Slip Away, to the attempt to pull back something slipping away, "All It Is."

People who say new music is dead, hyper-commercialized junk aren't paying attention. This is good stuff.

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