Katy Moffatt – Katy/Kissin’ in the California Sun

Album Review | Retro World | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

If Retroworld were to reissue any two of Katy Moffatt’s albums, then it might as well be the two that the Fort Worth, Texas-born singer songwriter made in the 1970s; her debut Katy and its hot on the heels follow up Kissin’ in the California Sun. Like the Beatles, the Stones and Dylan (well almost) before her, Katy’s debut is made up of covers, her own song writing having to wait until her second album. The ‘covers’ are well chosen though, which draw from a broad scope of styles, including the Hammerstein/Kern show tune “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man” and Ray Willis’ “I Can Almost See Houston from Here”. It’s with the soulful ballads though that Katy really excels, with a gorgeous reading of “Easy Come, Easy Go” and her own Kansas City Morning from the second album. The second album also begins with one of her own compositions, the title track, with a further three self-penned originals, though her temptation to rework other established songs is still very much apparent, with Carole King’s “Up on the Roof”, Curtis Mayfield’s “Um-Um-Um-Um-Um-Um” and a rather steamy “Walkin’ After Midnight”.