Reviews

Hot Press - "Seven Days"  July 8 1998

KAYDEE: “Seven Days” (Lime Records)

There’s no doubt that erstwhile Wilde Oscar, Tara Egan-Langley, can carry a tune and here, she showcases her considerable vocal range on a cut which begins and ends with powerful percussion and guitar assaults but sags considerably in the middle. There’s no doubt that the studio desks were swabbed to within an inch of their lives, and ‘Seven Days’ would doubtless have benefitted from more raw edges and less disinfectant in the production room.

However, ‘Walk Away’, the second track, is worth the admission price alone.

Barry Glendenning

 

Hot Press - May 2005

Tara Blaise
Paperback Cliché
(Spokes Records)
17 May 2005

It’s been some time since Tara Blaise first came on like a potential star, fronting the EMI-signed Dublin band Kaydee. In the interim, she has worked quietly away, developing her craft as a songwriter and performer – and, last year, guesting as vocalist on John Hughes’ largely instrumental album Wild Ocean. Now, it’s her turn to grab the spotlight and she does it with impressive finesse, emerging as a vocalist to be reckoned with in the process. In the delicious ‘Paperback Cliché’ , make no mistake, she has a potential hit on her hands. Yes, this is pop music, brilliantly arranged and produced to the nines, but it is gloriously warm and real, with a winningly addictive chorus that should guarantee extensive radio exposure. Seductive and charming, it’s a tantalising taster for her Dancing On Tables Barefoot album.

Niall Stokes

 

RTÉ - "Wild Ocean"  October 15 2004

John Hughes is perhaps best known these days as the manager of The Corrs, but 'Wild Ocean' confirms his talent as a composer in his own right. Five years in the making, this album is a wonderful fusion of traditional and contemporary music that's sure to have an international appeal.

From the opening track 'Deo', it's clear that 'Wild Ocean' has a very unique sound. Traditional Irish music is interwoven with a more urban electronic element that adds another dimension to the creation. Tracks like 'Dancing in the Wind', 'The Opus Tree' and 'Casa Torres' are hauntingly melodic and powerful pieces of music.

Having enlisted the talents of such diverse acts as Finbar Furey, The Corrs, the Irish Film Orchestra and The Chieftains, Hughes has recruited old school as well more modern musicians to bridge the gap between past and present.

Though the uniqueness fades a little towards the end, with an over-long final track, 'Wild Ocean' is a great achievement. Hughes has created a distinctive sound that should bring traditional Irish music to a much wider audience.

Katie Moten

 

Irish Abroad - September 30 2004

John Hughes
Wild Ocean,
14th Floor Records

Immaculately packaged, a beautiful young blonde woman, Celtic overtones — this album will probably sell a million.

And it might just deserve to. Tara Blaise can certainly sing, and makes her way through a mixture of Celticy, ambient, big sounding anthems with style and aplomb.

Tara Blaise is only present on a handful of the songs — on most of the tracks John Hughes’ orchestra takes over. Having said that, the instrumentation is superb throughout, particularly when blended with folk instruments such as uilleann pipes and a range of drums — djemba, bongos and bodhrán.

The style falls somewhere between Tubular Bells, the Brendan Voyage and lift music. I mean, it's okay, and I could just about imagine sticking it on in the car. Some of the more upbeat numbers would make not bad trucking music.

One acoustic track does stand out — the plaintive Prelude, starting with some effortless guitar music, inevitably, however, being joined by the orchestra and kitchen sink.

It would be fair to say that the majority of material on this album is classical-lite.

For all its massive arrangements, choral singing, stadium instrumentation and first class production, Wild Ocean lacks the distinct stamp of individuality to ever enter the pantheon of great Celtic ambient albums which have gone before.

There are too many musical clichés, too many hooks you've heard before and too many samplers trying to sound like tin whistles.

Nonetheless there's some middling to good material here, so cautiously expect to hear a lot more of this album, John Hughes and Tara Blaise.

Malcolm Rogers

 

Entertainment.ie - June 11 2002

"An offshoot of the late, lamented Kilkenny band Kaydee, One Work Of Days is a Christian pop project which brings together the talents of husband and wife team Bob and Jan Murphy. Their debut album is a polished, self-confident affair which sees them dabble in everything from up-tempo pop to laid-back soft rock, backed up by skilful use of sequenced drum loops and Hammond organ. While the overtly religious lyrics won't be to everyone's taste, the Murphy's both have strong, attractive voices and the overall effect is like attending a particularly groovy church service. Where they go from here is anyone's guess, but in today's stiflingly conformist music industry the emergence of a proudly independent voice can only be applauded."

Sarah Glennane

 

Munster Express - Feb.19 1999

Rock 'n' Rollercoaster takes Waterford by storm

"Dave opened the night with a set from Fiction, who have two members in WIT. Fiction were followed by Lisburn three piece "co.uk''. who have been gaining in confidence as the tour progresses.

Kaydee were next to rock the crowd, easily winning the Waterford students over, led by their beautiful and talented singer Tara, with a sound that has wooed audiences as far afield as Japan and as close to home as Kenny Live. Kaydee were followed by the now well established Cuckoo, the Derry band that have enjoyed real success with their album "Breathing Lessons'' and who effortlessly got the Waterford students going with their infectious repertoire of hits."

 

Zeitgeist - August 5 1998

Kaydee Coming To Cork

KAYDEE RELEASE NEW SINGLE ON 3RD JULY

It's been a strange ol' couple of years for Kaydee. First they record their debut album, make a few videos, release a couple of singles and generally look set to take on the wiley world of rock and roll, then within a month they loose not only their bass player but also their lead singer. So with few opportunities for a two piece guitar and drum band, the two remaining members, Joey (drums) and Kevin (guitar) set about searching for new members and a fruitful search it turned out to be, within two weeks Mark was ensconced on bass and shortly afterwards Joey set about tracking down a vocalist everyone had told him would be perfect for the job. He did track her down and she was perfect. She is Tara.

So with the line-up in place all they had to do was re-record all the vocals on the album , make new videos, do new photo shoots, rehearse and play live together ......... simple really!! But, with the type of determination that great songs give you, Kaydee rose to the challenge that would have broken many other lesser spirits.

They released their first single together " Mr. Sweeney" and instantly had a hit, with loads of airplay, sold out gigs and numerous TV appearances. So now Kaydee were being a band again, releasing records and playing gigs, as well as encountering some pretty strange people along the way, including an African prince who having appeared on Kenny Live the same night as the band, took something of a shine to Tara and has since asked the band to perform in his palace for his birthday in September, an invitation they have had to politely turn down in place of their first visit to Japan for the release of "Mr Sweeney".

Also watching Kenny Live that night was up and coming film maker Quentin Tarantino, in town for a festival, Mr. Tarantino has since requested any videos and photos of Tara and wants to know if she can act. But as far as Tara is concerned Hollywood can wait for a moment while herself and Kaydee carry out their plan for world domination, which continues with the release on July 3rd of their next single "Seven Days".

As ever Kaydee will be supporting their second single with numerous dates around the country -

Appearing at: The Halfmoon Theatre Club, Cork on Sat. 8th Aug.

© Aardvark & Zeitgeist 1998

 

Muse.ie - "Stop! I'm Doing It Again"

(Lime)

The debut album from Irish band Kaydee is really on a hiding to nothing. With a low-ish profile and the addition of a new singer (following the swiftish departure of the first one) the band cannot yet be completely judged. It will take some time for new singer, Tara Egan-Langley (great handle) to adjust to the sound and there's the in-built certainty that she will also move it in another direction. No bad thing because "Stop! I'm Doing It Again" suffers from a bland taste and a certain ennui which is far from attractive. There are plenty of ideas on offer but something suffocates them long before they can actually affect any changes. Standout track "Cradle" is decked with all manner of interesting indie-pop diversions, but fails to deliver. Twelve tracks of similar water threading is far from interesting and the listener tends to lose interest long before the final reel. Lets hope Kaydee version 2.0 has far more to offer than this.

 

The Evening Herald - April 3 1998

Mr. Sweeney's Kaydee D-day

Kilkenny / Wicklow band, Kaydee release their new single, Mr. Sweeney on April 17.

Just another band unlikely to succeed? I hear you cynics drawl - well, just maybe, the fact that this gaggle of musicians are stimulated by a steady diet of Iain Banks and Ian Mc Ewan novels will stifle your quickly rising yawns.

That and the fact that Joey, the band's drummer, nearly hijacked Tara and forced her to join the band after hearing her dulcet tones emanating from her native Wicklow.

SEARCHING

After two weeks of searching he finally tracked his muse down and begged her to be Kaydee's new voice - but she wasn't interested! "I wasn't really that bothered at first, I rang Joey back out of politeness," Tara explains. " But ended up joining Kaydee the very next day!" Tara, is actually the band's second singer, their other singer Jan, left and the band were faced with re-shooting several videos and re-recording their entire debut album which is due out this summer.

 

The Evening Herald - April 1997

Kaydee causing a stir.

Kaydee have been charged with causing a stir on the Dublin music scene of late - especially down at Andrew's Lane Theatre where they've got the punters swinging out of the rafters.

They've been spending their time in Rockfield studios for the last month where they've been busy blending energy fuelled guitar with achingly beautiful torch lyrics and adding the finishing touches to their debut album.

Right now the band are getting ready for the release of their first single, 'Cradle', which is due out any day soon.

 

Gig review - Evening Herald - June 1997

Kaydee at Whelan's

They're Irish, they've got a powerhouse rhythm section, some hypnotic, chiming guitar lines and an ethereal diva soaring overhead. It would be too easy to view Kilkenny hopefuls Kaydee as the new Cranberries - and more than a little lazy - but it's a comparison they are no doubt going to get used to.

But Kaydee are too young to have thought about their sound that much, the sweet throbbing mesh of three young men rocking out and one delicate angel warblin' softly plainly coming from the heart.

 

Hot Press article - 1995

EMI Sales Conference for Dublin

EMI'S DECISION to host its international sales conference in Dublin has produced a positive spin-off for two of the acts on its Irish subsidiary, Lime Records.

Before the conference, Kaydee and Naimee Coleman were only guaranteed a domestic release," reveals a spokesman, "but having showcased for delegates and both gone down a storm, it looks like their respective debut albums are going to be picked up on in Europe and the States.

"Generally, I think it's extremely positive that Lime has four acts - the other two being Blink and The Devlins - that were signed through Dublin and having established themselves here are now making waves overseas."

Although they signed on the dotted line eight months ago, it's only now that details of Kaydee's deal with EMI are being made public.

"The way we look at it," the spokesman continues, "is that there's enough pressure on bands to deliver without them being prematurely hyped up by the press.

"Kaydee are a young band - average age 22 or 23 - from Kilkenny who've got a female singer called Jan, a mad extrovert guitarist called Kevin and Stephen Street itching to produce their first album. We sent him a tape, he came over to see them support The Devlins at The Tivoli, and the only question then was, 'when we do we start?'"

The answer appears to be January with the first fruits of Kaydee and Street's labours likely to surface in the early spring.

As for Naimee Coleman, the former Wilde Oscars singer is currently ensconced in Abbey Road studios with Rod Argent and Peter Van Hooke, the same team responsible for propelling Tanita Tikaram and Joshua Kadison towards international stardom.

"The three tracks that have been completed so far are absolutely stunning," the spokesman enthuses, "and talking to various people at the conference, the feeling is we've got a major star on our hands."