Katy Mitchell

Baby It's You

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Katy Mitchell's first album, Baby It's You, revels in musical values from a different time and place -- much of Mitchell's song list harks back to the '60s and '70s and even earlier, covering favorites like "Baby It's You," "Big Yellow Taxi," and "Summertime." These oldies are balanced out with several originals written by her father, Gary Mitchell, who also produces and lends a helping hand in the studio. Still in high school at the time of this recording, Katy Mitchell's biggest asset is her big voice and the way she uses it. When she digs deep into the emotional turmoil of "Ode to Billy Joe," for instance, the listener never doubts that she's fully committed to delivering the lyric. There's a nice take on Gershwin's "Summertime," with Mark Nash's harmonica offering Mitchell buoyant support. The arrangements throughout are eclectic and full, mixing acoustic and electric elements to good effect behind Mitchell's full-size vocals. The biggest surprises are saved for last: Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." Katy Mitchell handles both of these well, perhaps understanding that both songs, despite being over 30 years old, remain relevant. Baby It's You is an enjoyable album filled with good songs and solid performances.

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