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“10. Katy Vernon, Before I Forget. Katy Vernon makes gorgeous, pretty, sweet, happy music. It is played primarily on ukelele. At the time I wrote my review, I think I thought Before I Forget was borne of deep satisfaction with life and praised that. Examining it more, I think I was wrong. I think it’s borne of tragedy and sadness and I think it’s a fist-raised triumph over adversity, which makes me love it even more. If this pretty little album, filled with terrific songs and some of my favorite singing of the year, came out of bad shit, then god dammit, it deserves me top tenning the SHIT out of it. Plus: anything my former boss Jim Walsh inspired/trumpeted/adored is a-ok with me. Click HERE for my full review of “Before I Forget.””
“Katy Vernon, a folk-pop singer with a supple voice that aches like wildflowers in the fall, has assembled a showcase of similarly charismatic acts to celebrate the release of her new album Before I Forget, including Dan Israel and The Mad Ripple. Born in London, transplanted to Minneapolis, Vernon makes original acoustic music (accented by her ukulele playing) that transcends the DIY aesthetic and crosses into real pop.”
“Before I Forget is Vernon’s first solo album, her compositions are fairly sparse, leaving plenty of room for her songbird-like voice and her ever-present ukulele. There is a beauty and hope in Vernon’s voice that ultimately makes the songs feel uplifting.”
"Before I Forget" showcases her willowy siren voice and ukulele-plucked, autumnal back-porch folk songs.
"Before I Forget is simply lovely; a celebratory, timeless, old-timey romp yes, romp, you heard me), the kind that doesn’t get made anymore, really. If you’re looking for a great record for a sun-dappled fall drive, this is your monster, my friends."
“A ukulele helped Katy Vernon get her groove back.”
“This debut solo cd from the London-born singer-songwriter, who used to front the local band the Camdens, is a deeply moving set of songs focused on family connections that continue to bring joy and heartache". ”
““Katy Vernon's floating vocalizations can gently caress or peak with a high-flying quality” ”
““Such sweet melodies, commanding, heart-lost vocals” ”
““Should please fans of the Sundays, the Smiths, and Everything But the Girl alike.” ”