Kate Havnevik - You
Six years after her debut Melankton, multi-instrumentalist Kate Havnevik returns with You. Hailing from Oslo, her work with producer Guy Sigsworth draws inevitable comparisons to Björk but we’re in more middle of the road territory here, and an accompaniment to dinner parties than something that necessarily demands your attention.
Whilst there’s nothing wrong with being pleasant, perhaps Havnevik could have strived for captivating. Akin to a warm bath, relaxing but ultimately transitory, her songs have been used extensively in the American television medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy - which is almost shorthand these days for innoffensive. Mostly upbeat, they are rich in content and show evidence that they have been carefully constructed in the period since Melankton, although the time lapse is just as likely to lead to overcooking.
Musically, we’re dealing with electronica with a small e; lyrically her songs are at worst unengaging - but this doesn’t mean that success will elude her. I wouldn’t rule out a song like 'Show Me Love' becoming a hit single, but it will need the support of her fans in television land.
All in all, this album leaves you with the sense that Havnevik is a real talent but she’s holding herself back and is aiming for becoming more of a crossover success. There are worse musical crimes.