Silver Bell CD (2013)

Artist: Patty Griffin

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 254404650
UPC 602527950037
UPC 14 00602527950037
Format CD
Release Date 10/8/2013
Author Patty Griffin
Technical Info
Engineer Ethan Allen
CatalogID 2795003
Lable Name A&M (USA)
Released 10/07/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 59m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00602527950037
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Patty Griffin (vocals, guitar, piano); Doug Lancio, Jay Joyce (guitar); John Deaderick (keyboards); Billy Beard (drums).
Audio Mixer: Glyn Johns.
Liner Note Author: Patty Griffin.
Recording information: Kingsway Studios, New Orleans, LA.
Photographer: Sam Jones .
Shelved during of the great record label consolidation of the early 2000s, Patty Griffin's Silver Bell is indeed a "lost album" but it is not one that carries mythic weight. Griffin rebounded relatively quickly after Silver Bell's abandoned release -- two years later, she signed with ATO and released 1000 Kisses, the first in a series of regular records all receiving greater acclaim and stronger sales -- and Silver Bell itself strengthened her reputation and bank account due to covers by the Dixie Chicks, who cut "Top of the World" and "Truth #2" on 2002's Home (over a decade later, Natalie Maines once again returned to this album for its title track, recording "Silver Bell" for her 2013 solo debut, Mother). If the Chicks' covers suggest that the album has a strong country flavor, that's not necessarily wrong, but there's a roiling rock undertow tempered by a smoky, late-night soulfulness that gives this album its emotional resonance. These sounds are not mutually exclusive. Often, Griffin blends it all together, pushing a song that starts as country into bracing, cathartic territory, a trick that is an outgrowth of Flaming Red. Despite the success the Dixie Chicks had with songs from this album, Silver Bell is not necessarily a record that would've brought Griffin to a larger audience. It is simultaneously inward and explosive, a record that demands close listening and certainly rewards the attention. Griffin may have gotten a little more accessible not much later, but it's hard to hear Silver Bell and not think of it as a compelling transitional LP that's the missing piece of the puzzle, the moment when Patty Griffin inadvertently learned that the hard road not only resulted in a rewarding journey, but it was the road she was destined to take. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.86) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'Little God' and the vengeful 'Sorry and Sad' pit her thoughtful, detailed lyrics and blue, reedy voice against tough Stones-in-the-bayou guitars."
Disc 1
1 Little God
2 Truth, Pt. 2
3 Boston
4 Perfect White Girls
5 Sooner or Later
6 What You Are
7 Silver Bell
8 Fragile
9 Mother of God
10 One More Girl
11 Sorry and Sad
12 Driving
13 Top of the World
14 So Long
Product Attributes
Artist Griffin,Patty
Label Universal Music Group

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