Lucy Jones on her Telegraph blog sees 50 Words as evidence that those over 30 can’t write a pop song. Did she really expect pop songs?
“She’s difficult to critique because she is so the sum of her parts. I feel uncomfortable not loving this album because I think she’s a genius (she’s my second most listened to artist on iTunes). I really want to love it and it feels strange that I don’t … Part of the problem is that 50 Words For Snow is a concept album. Cue groans and rolling of eyes … The obvious pitfall for artists making a concept album is the risk that their songs will sound “samey”. And even though there are independent standout moments on some of the tracks … 50 Words cannot hide from this criticism … Hardcore fans will think this album is sublime and it is very Kate: unpredictable, expansive, devoid of cliché … 50 Words for Snow will be a disappointment to some; Kate’s set the bar high. But it’s still the best secular Christmas album ever released.”