This thread really is surreal. I wanted to pop back in and quickly assert that 1) I'm not a particular fan of this song, though I am of KR in general; and 2) I find it hilarious that the ersatz Diane Easby has spent half the thread bitching about how people HERE erroneously claim that KR "represents" English music, and yet there was no such claim made. The first notion of the concept was in Diane's own post of 3:46 am.
So it seems to me that Diane has knowingly hijacked this thread into a confrontation about whether KR represents English music, irrespective of a reader or poster's feelings about the SPECIFIC SONG discussed. She seems to have the opinion that any unsuspecting schmo who happens upon Kate's music online will immediately form a horribly skewed impression of English music as a whole. All I can say is, if the schmo in question is that narrow-minded and lazy, who cares what opinion they form?
I can't wait until Kate's new album comes out next month. Then we'll have a whole new source of material to trample and spit on. Jesus friggin' Christ, people, she's not Mussolini, she's a damn folk musician!
Why am I allowing myself to get sucked into this? Kate doesn't need me to defend her. She got the measure of the Folk Police some time ago, and has come to the realization that the bloated self-importance of critics like Diane needn't cause her any more pain. People who like her albums buy them. People who don't, don't. She's not Eliza Carthy, and she's not Nic Jones, and she's not whoever the hell we all think she should be. Get over yourself, Miss Easby.