When Kate Tempest released her debut solo album 'Everybody Down' back in 2014, it made a considerable impact on the poetry scene in the UK. Previously unheard and under-appreciated artists such as George The Poet were suddenly becoming a huge attraction for an emerging new cult fanbase, something that has seen the poetry community go from strength to strength ever since. Now Tempest returns with her second full-length 'Let Them Eat Chaos', a record that aims to fully fuse poetry and music.
Kate Tempest has always had a more hip-hop flow to her verses than a traditional beat poet would have, and it is this style of reading than has been able to fully bring out the life in her music. Before all the attention was on her words and their content, but this time we see a far more eclectic collection of musical productions aiming to back up her prose. With a mix of electronic and acoustic compositions, 'Let Them Eat Chaos' looks to make the music as much a part of the poetry as the words themselves.
It's hard to deny the brilliance of Kate Tempest at times. While she mainly looks to tell stories of others in her work, we do occasionally get to hear her own values and opinions on this release. She has looked to become more engaging this time around and it certainly has more than its fair share of hair-raising moments.