Album: The Workingman's Blues
Label: Self Released
Kat Goldman's songs have been covered by Grammy-nominated Canadian band The Duhks, and by folk singer / songwriter Dar Williams, who it has to be said is one of Goldman's biggest fans. The album ' The Workingman's Blues ' was written over a two year period when she was transitioning from life in Boston back to Canada where she now calls Toronto home.
If ever there was a musical masterpiece for the time we live in it has to be ' The Workingman's Blues ' an unbelievably raw, honest and foresightful synopsis of life for the ordinary working man of America today, in a time of social unrest and dwindling employment opportunities, it speaks of the people who voted Donald Trump into the Presidency yet still have no voice as they scrape a living in todays turbulent society. The music is reminiscent of 70's rock 'n' roll with a hint of Carly Simon, throwing us back also at times to the Meatloaf era with tracks like ' Release Me ', there is a fabulous video to accompany that particular track.
A concept album, it brilliantly and cleverly puts forward the point of view of ' The Working Man ' giving a platform to air experiences through Goldman's emotionally charged vocals as the narrator, served up with real conviction as if she knew each story intimately. She paints a vivid picture as each track becomes a five minute movie in a magnificent soundscape that every working man or woman will relate to, with songs like ' Put Your Toolbox Down ' a track about frustration, and the beautiful ballad ' South Shore Man '. No punches are pulled exploring the subject matter and she has to be commended for the research that seems to have gone into the entire album as it fits seamlessly together, guiding us along a cohesive path, culminating it would seem in Goldman telling her own story of time spent living in Boston, and her restlessness to move back to Canada as portrayed in the last song ' Don't Know Where I'm Bound '
Working with producer / guitarist Bill Bell ( Tom Cochrane, Jason Mraz ), and bassist Marc Rogers, drummer Davide Direnzo, keyboardist Lou Poumanti and cellist Kevin Fox, Goldman has pulled together a winning team of extremely talented individuals, this, in my opinion, being her best and most accomplished work to date. The album would be perfect material for a broadway musical or TV Movie, it has all the content required to make a long and successful run, it really is that good.
I am a long time fan of Kat Goldman's work, she has the ability to move me through her songs and to make me think deeply about the subjects she writes about, I can't help but think that this time she is telling me her own story, or is she ?
Highly recommended album by one of Canada's finest songwriters.