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Classic Album Review: Karen Kosowski | Optimist Party

The indie singer blends personal lyrics, soulful roots-pop & tremendous vocal.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


FILE UNDER: Hammer of the goddess.

SOUNDS SORTA LIKE: The little sister of Tori and Ani and Michelle and Jewel and Sophie B.

POINTED COMMENTS: Yes, I know independent singer-songwriter Karen Kosowski moved to Toronto a couple of years ago. But I still feel like she’s a Winnipegger at heart. And her latest CD Optimist Party does little to change my mind. Basically a personal chronicle of a difficult physical and emotional journey, these 14 cuts are highlighted by Kosowski’s confessional lyrics, soulful roots-pop songcraft and — most of all — her tremendous voice, which has grown into an instrument of striking power and earthy sensuality. Looks like leaving home turned out to be a change for the best after all.