Children Running Through CD (2007)

Artist: Patty Griffin

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by on 3/10/2007

I've been listening to Patty Griffin every since her first single hit the radio, "Every Little Bit", in 1996 from the album "Living With Ghosts". She is an amazing vocalist; a voice with dynamic and emotional range that will leave you blown away. I wait with eager anticipation for every new release (there have only been 5, including this new one), and she has never disapointed me! This is her first album with all original songs, and they are very good indeed. One standout is "Trapeze", with killer harmonies by Emmylou Harris. A variety of song styles and the inclusion of subtle horns in a couple of tracks make this her best effort to date.

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Children Running Through continues the remarkable creative evolution that's quietly established Griffin as a vital and singular musical force. It also belies her persistent sensitive-singer-songwriter image—a limiting perception that fails to fully convey the emotional depth and breadth of her songwriting or the emotive power of her fluid, soulful singing. Indeed, the new disc's 12 Griffin originals maintain a timelessly truthful resonance that echoes a variety of styles, most notably the classic R&B and gospel music that have long been a source of inspiration for the artist.


Label ATO Records
SKU 203931446
UPC 880882157425
UPC 14 00880882157425
Format CD
Release Date 2/6/2007
Author Patty Griffin
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Patty Griffin is better known as a songwriter than as a singer of her own songs, thanks to a long run of country and pop covers by bigger artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Dixie Chicks and, bizarrely, Jessica Simpson. But it is Griffin's voice -- its clear, natural force and her disciplined way with vibrato -- that hits you first on Children Running Through, in the spare, sultry bravado of the opening song, "You'll Remember." It is, like many of the songs here, a good riddance to trouble and those who start it, and the virtually empty arrangement -- walking bass and brushed drums -- gives Griffin plenty of room to show off the brassy determination underlining the country-comfort delicacy of her singing. Some of the sass here is on the outside. Encouraged by snorting saxes and ash-can drumming, Griffin shows how much blues singer she has in her, minus the affectations, in "Stay on the Ride." And she's no barn-dance wallflower in "Getting Ready," which comes with jolts of guitar distortion and even feedback. The affirmation in "Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)," a hymn of thanks to Martin Luther King Jr., needs a stronger, truly-gospel voice. But the Sandy Denny-like way Griffin holds notes and words for fighting emphasis in "I Don't Ever Give Up" is beautiful moxie.
Reviewer David Fricke
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Artist Griffin,Patty
Music Format Compact Disc

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