Kate Tempest: The Book of Traps and Lessons review – personal and optimistic | Music | The GuardianStark, intimate, and crammed with difficult truths, Kate Tempest 's third album holds up a mirror to reveal our most vulnerable reflections. Like a beat reporter to the soul, the London native investigates with uncanny intuition the interior dialogues, self-destructive habits, and beautiful follies of human nature and spits them back at us in gut-punch moments of warning, recognition, and clarity. Nearly three years on from 's similarly affecting Let Them Eat Chaos , The Book of Traps and Lessons arrives at an even grimmer moment in time, traversing rampant racism, social media escapism, political division, climate change, and Britain's ongoing post-Brexit struggles. While each of those subjects can be found within this song cycle, their immediacy is balanced by the lingering sentiments of solidarity and love. Set to an elegantly minimalist backdrop of pianos, organs, strings, and textured beats by longtime collaborator Dan Carey and tonal field guide Rick Rubin , Tempest inhabits the mic with her signature nuance, fluidly transitioning between spoken word and rapped verse as each song segues deftly into the next. She plays the various roles of narrator, confessor, confidant, and prophet, warning that "we should be fasting two days out of seven, sleeping in shifts with the others who share our households" but are instead "online, venting our outrage, teaching the future that life is performance and vanity.
Kate Tempest: The Book of Traps and Lessons review – personal and optimistic
Set to an elegantly minimalist backdrop of pianos, s. Mark Steel. Just Eat. Subscribe Advertise.Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Hold Your Own. Rate this:. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. User Score. Hold Your Own. Legendary producer and American Recordings Founder Rick Rubin caught the show, tracked down her phone number.
Editor's Picks. Tunes - Burial. Caligula - Lingua Ignota. She was cynical about phones and social media on Let Them Eat Chaosand even more so on this album.
The album possesses a light-concept about how love will prevail through the maddening times we are all currently experiencing and in "Firesmoke" and album finale "People's Faces" Tempest expresses this best. Thanks for subscribing. It is family, that keep Lamar on the outskirts of a world of violence and sin. Editor's Picks!
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South London's Kate Tempest has been something of a revelation over this decade. The success of this spoken-word poet has been unparalleled in the UK, to the extent that she even received a fair amount of backlash from some corners of the Internet. Tempest's earnestness isn't for everyone, but she has been a fierce and vital political voice over her first two records Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos. On album number three, Tempest decamped to the U. Rubin has brought out the best out of Tempest's work, playing a subtle, understated hand that brilliantly complements the performance. During the album's mid-point of "I Trap You" melting away into "All Humans Too Late," the music disappears completely, and Tempest's voice speaking out to a vacuum has a surprisingly deadly effect, but such is the flow Rubin constructs with her in the album's first half.
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