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What's the Only Thing Worse Than the End of Time?

by Katell Keineg

This EP from Katell Keineg features the single from the new album HIGH JULY, plus 3 non-album songs, including the stunning, live version of Nick Drake's “River Man”.
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2. River Man
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3. Waiting for the Weight of Space
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4. Beautiful Day
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Album Notes
Rolling Stone 11.09.02

Review of What's the Only Thing Worse Than the End of Time?


There's a theory that certain musical frequencies affect people emotionally. Katell Keineg has found them. It's damn near impossible to listen to her earthy and ethereal voice without feeling the spirit move you. The Franco-Welsh (she sings in English, but old-world Europe oozes from her throaty croon and gracefully gangly limbs) singer/songwriter's latest effort, the EP What's the Only Thing Worse Than the End of Time?, is a brief testament to her power to permeate. The standouts are a chilling live version of Nick Drake's "River Man" (Keineg is especially powerful onstage) and the celebratory "Beautiful Day," which sounds like a chance meeting between a Sixties-pop melody line and a white girl on a Caribbean island. What's the Only Thing seems to embody both of those worlds, suggesting that Keineg's travels over the past five years, during which she was AWOL from the studio, helped her find a balance between her poetic roots and pop sensibility. If What's the Only Thing is any indication of what is to come from Keineg, prepare to be seriously hooked by her frequencies.

Time Magazine
“Folksy and hypnotic”

Newsweek Magazine
“Katell Keineg’s new album, ‘Jet’, meshes rock muscularity and heady emotionalism. We haven’t graduated to the literary complexity of the 51/2-minute opus ‘Battle of the Trees’ yet, but we know a good riff when we hear one; by the time the song sweeps into its exquisitely layered crescendo, we’re deep inside.”

The New York Times
“Katell Keineg has a voice so charged with feeling that it lifts everything she sings to the level of a primal wail”

The Times (London)
“Keineg is a singer and songwriter who gains her power by juxtaposing ugly with beautiful and then letting the two battle it out for ascendancy.”

New Yorker
“The voice of Katell Keineg is a beautiful and wild force of nature”
The Irish Times
“… it was Katell Keineg’s slow-burning fuse, igniting on her magnificent ‘The Gulf Of Araby’, that truly captured the essence of (Victor) Jara.”

Tom Moon,
National Public Radio (US)
“ Here are wildly inspired songs filled with literate and mystical images, songs that aspire to the sprawl and sweep of epic novels.”

The Guardian
“Keineg’s quirky compositions, infused with a haunting, ethereal quality, are something entirely of her own creation. The haunting becomes almost literal on ‘Leonor’, a jaunty setting of a Guardian obituary of the Surrealist painter Leonor Fini.”

The Vancouver Sun
“Truly weird”

LA Times
“Conveying a nearly beatific sense of joy in performance”

The Independent (UK)
“Spacious and spooky”

NME
“The arrangement of the song (Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind), leaves everybody in bits. There’s no instruments involved, which is something Sinead (O’ Connor) has done in the past, but now she’s got Katell Keineg singing in a heavenly counterpoint – exotic and sad like nothing I’ve heard before.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Keineg’s best work -– the transfixing inventory of wild hope, ‘The Gulf Of Araby,’ the bitter ‘Franklin’ -– exhibits a poignancy we don't hear much any more.

NY Magazine
“… a voraciously poetic sense of language.”

Musician Magazine
“More than a well-crafted piece of product, ‘Jet’ will intoxicate anyone who still believes pop music can transcend dreary reality.”

The San Francisco Chronicle
“Katell Keineg defies facile categorization. Fascinated by unlikely instrumentation, Keineg also writes some of the smartest lyrics around.”

Esquire Magazine
The Best Cds You’ve Never Heard
“’Jet’ is a weird album; it seems to have been made in a bubble, without any regard for marketing or programming. (It) vexes you like a dream: There’s logic to it, but it’s buried way down deep”

Time Out New York
“Katell Keineg is a genre-straddling songwriter and performer – unfortunately, she’s so hard to pigeonhole that she’s still flying below the radar despite an arresting body of work. Her music, however, remains as strong, sly and beautiful as ever.”

LA Weekly
“’What’s The Only Thing Worse Than The End Of Time?’ a hypnotically contrapuntal four-song EP featuring a haunting rendition of Nick Drake’s ‘River Man’. Not bad for her first recording in five years. Our hope is that this time she doesn’t find the buzz from the music bizz too ‘intoxicating’ and wander away like before, just as she was cultivating a small but devoted following among critics and fans with ‘O Seasons, O Castles’ and ‘Jet’.”

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Cliff


Amazing EP. Too short though. 'River Man' is stunning. Anyone who attended the live show was lucky indeed. Can't wait for more. I feel like she's always been an amazing little secret that not enough people know about.
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Jon

A beautiful sampler for Katell's recent work.
Like others on this review page, I can't believe that Katell Keineg isn't world renowned for her beautiful voice and poetic music. Perhaps she wouldn't have it any other way, and it's certainly nice to feel that you are in on a secret. Two of the tracks are only available on this EP. River Man is an exceptional live performance, and Waiting... a gorgeous brood of a song. Great to see some live dates coming up in the UK in April and May too.
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Skye, Austin, TX

More, please!
Katell just keeps changing, and this EP will remind you of what you love about her from previous efforts - but it's new and interesting as well.
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Rollingstone.com

What's the Only Thing Worse Than the End of Time?
There's a theory that certain musical frequencies affect people emotionally. Katell Keineg has found them. It's damn near impossible to listen to her earthy and ethereal voice without feeling the spirit move you. The Franco-Welsh (she sings in English, but old-world Europe oozes from her throaty croon and gracefully gangly limbs) singer/songwriter's latest effort, the EP What's the Only Thing Worse Than the End of Time?, is a brief testament to her power to permeate. The standouts are a chilling live version of Nick Drake's "River Man" (Keineg is especially powerful onstage) and the celebratory "Beautiful Day," which sounds like a chance meeting between a Sixties-pop melody line and a white girl on a Caribbean island. What's the Only Thing seems to embody both of those worlds, suggesting that Keineg's travels over the past five years, during which she was AWOL from the studio, helped her find a balance between her poetic roots and pop sensibility. If What's the Only Thing is any indication of what is to come from Keineg, prepare to be seriously hooked by her frequencies.

ROBIN AIGNER
(Sept. 9, 2002)
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Victor (TheChallenger)

A four-song masterpiece.
Fans have been waiting for something new from Katell Keineg for quite a while but the wait hasn’t been that long for Keineg who has kept herself busy producing and co-writing a song for The Floors' "Morphine Watch" album, collaborating on Clare Langan's art film "Too Dark For Night" and a number of other projects. Katell finally gave us something new, a 4 track EP; actually it’s a four-song masterpiece. Yes, it’s that good. If you don’t believe me then simply give the tracks a listen, they’re on your left as RealAudio. I guarantee you’ll be hooked. Actually, I’ll be surprised if you’re not in complete awe after listening to her rendition of “River Man,” performed live during the Nick Drake tribute concert at St. Ann's, Brooklyn, NY.
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Geoffrey Beare

Great to have her back on top form.
Great to have her back after an absence of five years, and on form. Only four tracks, but there is more variety of mood and emotion here than you will find on most full CDs. She runs the full gamut from the lyrical beauty of Nick Drake's River Man through the intensity of What's the Only Thing . . . to the lilting rhythms of Beautiful Day. Wonderful.
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Joe

intelligent, thoughtful, soulful, a wonderful follow up!
The only thing disappointing about this release is that it's only an EP--you'll be wanting more and more. Katell's voice is wonderful and amazing, regardless if she wailing, crooning, or whispering. "What's the only thing worse than the end of time" and "Beautiful day" are my current favorites off the CD--but I once listened to "Riverman" for 2 hours straight! Hooray for Katell Keineg.
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James

Intense Beauty
This is an amazing EP. Buy it now if you know what is good for you.
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The Katell Keineg Community's Journal

A review
After the release of Jet, I really didn't know what to expect this time around. I think most people would agree that Jet was a huge departure from Katell's first recording (O Seasons O Castles) but no less dazzling. As expected, my hopes were high. Considering that Ms. Keineg hadn't released any new material since 1997 (Jet), I couldn't help but wonder where she might be musically. It'd been a while and anything is possible. But I can honestly say that the new EP does not disappoint, in fact, it exceeded all of my expectations.

With a four song EP you've got to be careful, one or two not-so-good songs can absolutely ruin the package but that does not happen here. It's easy to find yourself setting the EP on repeat, especially when each track has a "you will never leave my CD player" quality to them. From the soothing sounds of "Beautiful Day" which reminds me of a good day at the beach, some place distant, beautiful but accessible. There's the rockin' title track "What the only thing worse than the end of time?" which was written the night of the millennium, the mysterious "Waiting for the weight of Space" to her ridiculously gorgeous rendition of Nick Drake's "River Man" which takes live performance to a new height, there is something here for everybody. This is simply beautiful, a tour de force.
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Sumiko, Illinois

I loved it!
I've been waiting FOREVER for something new from Katell Keineg. I love her first two cds and play them constantly. Okay, this probably isn't the sort of incisive review that you were looking for but I think that she has a beautiful voice and is a unique writer and enjoy all three of her cds.
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