Out Here At Sea CD Review, July 13, 2005, Exclaim! Magazine (www.exclaim.ca): Fans of the Sarahs - Harmer, McLachlan, and Slean - should immediately acquaint themselves with Karen Kosowski. Piano-based singer-songwriter pop that is well written, produced and performed with real musical flare; it's not hard to imagine Kosowski winning accolades from LCBO catalogues and 30-something couples who "like to check out new music." If this sounds negative, it's not meant to be - Kosowski's talent is apparent, and her songs, though without much grit, are beautiful, melodic, and confidently performed. She clearly has the make of a serious musician - her ballads are complex enough to merit her legitimacy as a songwriter, and simple enough to avoid ostentation or gimmick. She has her formulas down, and weighed against genre conventions, her pieces are a cut above. For what it is, it's inventive - the songs contain genuine emotion and her hooks are solid while still being slightly unconventional. Her voice is confident, expressive and complimentary to her brand of songcraft - she has a niche, and deserves to be lauded within it. If you enjoy quiet, sophisticated radio pop but think Kate Bush is weird, you should surely adore this.
Fans who received advance copies of "Out Here at Sea" posted these comments and more on karenkosowski.com:
"If I had to complain about the new album, my complaint would be that I want another nine songs. It's the sort of solid, coherent album you wish would never end. In my case, I just hit Play again." - StainedGlassTiffany
"OHAS has a pure, nourishing, organic feel to it. It makes me want to REACH and catch every single sound wave emitted." - Leslie-T.O.
"I can't seem to get Love and Band-Aids out of my head and I just put that song on repeat and enjoy the meloncholy chords that Karen is playing." -Cutella
Check out the artist's website:http://www.karenkosowski.com
3. Love & Bandaids
4. Scared To Death
5. Tell Me What I'm Doing Wrong
6. No One's Watching
7. We'll Find You
9. Out Here At Sea