Katie Marie’s ‘Share My Air’ is a mature, sophisticated effort

 

Reviewed by Brooke Curtis

Katie Marie/Share My Air

Katie Marie looks far younger than she sounds.

Her music and her singing display a maturity and sophistication that many twentysomethings do not possess. Because of her youthful age, industry gurus will probably liken her to Colbie Caillat, but to me Marie is closer in spirit to Karen Capenter. Marie’s voice has the fragile beauty and bittersweet grace of Carpenter in her prime. There is honest emotion and soul in Marie’s singing that I don’t hear in Caillat and most of her contemporaries. Musically, also, Marie is less trendy; many of the tracks here, even the ones with obvious ’70s touches, are quite timeless.

The title cut and “Borrow Your Smile” offer radiant, summer-afternoon pop. “Borrow Your Smile” sounds upbeat, but it seems to be about a one-sided relationship, the woman at the mercy of the man’s nomadic nature. I like the clever, subtle sarcasm of the title; she has to borrow his smile, his smug complacency, because all she can find is intermittent affection. “Can I borrow your joy for a day/As you walk in it,” Marie sings with the same deceptively pleasant tone that Carpenter had in disguising the somber undertow of her songs. On “Walk Away,” Marie switches to a bluesy strut that belies her age; it’s a show-stopping moment, one that elevates a very good album into a great one, probably among the year’s finest. 

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