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New West Records is proud to announce that Patty Griffin will release her new album, American Kid, on May 7. The album, co-produced by Griffin and Craig Ross, is her seventh and first for New West. It is her first album of mainly new material since the acclaimed Children Running Through in 2007. In between then and now, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church in 2010 and became a ... Read more in Amazon's Patty Griffin Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B000LV63PO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You'll Remember
2. Stay On The Ride
3. Trapeze
4. Getting Ready
5. Burgundy Shoes
6. Heavenly Day
7. No Bad News
8. Railroad Wings
9. Up To The Mountain
10. I Don't Ever Give Up
11. Someone Else's Tomorrow
12. Crying Over

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Patty Griffin's latest offering, co-produced by Griffin and Mike McCarthy (Spoon), captures the voice and words of one of the most important singer-songwriters of our time. Lush, dynamic and provocative, the two time Grammy nominated artist resonates with songs that are both contemporary and timeless. The set features 12 new Griffin-penned tunes including a guest vocal appearance by Emmylou Harris on the enchanting "Trapeze". Patty's work has been and continues to be revered by a broad array of contemporaries, including Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Dave Mathews, Natalie Manes, Kelly Clarkson and Jessica Simpson, whose recent single is the Patty classic "Let Him Fly".

On her fifth studio CD, folk-rocker Patty Griffin employs three timeless themes--childhood, flight, and death--to craft her most musically diverse and accessible album yet. But while moving through jazz, beatnik, classic and modern folk, gospel R&B, Americana, and moody piano ballad, Griffin keeps her backing quiet and spare, all the more to showcase the power of her deft storytelling and the bell clarity of her unadorned soprano. On song after song, the characters who waft through her experience are on the move, chasing one thing and fleeing another--on trains, ships, buses, in cars, even on the aerialist's bar--ultimately trading an ending of one kind for a new beginning and transference. Sometimes--as on the Rickie Lee Jones-ish "Stay on the Ride," where an old man with no name answers an existential urge for going--they don't even know what it is. "Trapeze," the most resonant offering, follows an aging circus performer who'd rather work without a net than take her chances in love. Here, Emmylou Harris adds one of her most aching harmony lines to Griffin's exquisite, ethereal lead, while in the next track, "Getting Ready," the singer turns a 180, laying a sneering Dylanesque vocal over a fiercely scrubbed acoustic guitar and an occasional dissonant kiss-off. "Baby, baby, you were my drug/And I was just your cigarette," she drones knowingly. One suspects that particular object of her affections will soon regret it. --Alanna Nash

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David T on 23 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first got into Patty Griffin by reading something that Emmylou Harris had said - words to the effect that she was one of Emmylou's favourite singers. I thought that if that was the case then Patty Griffin would be something very special. I wasn't wrong.

This is Patty's most ambitious album to date, no question. The album flows through so many styles - Jazz, Blues, Country, Ballad, Alternative (and that's just for openers). Some of the songs hit straight away (Stand on the Ride, Burgundy Shoes, Someone Else's Tomorrow) others are real growers (Trapeze, Railroad Wings). And, right at the heart of it is this voice - this unimaginably amazing voice - leading the band through the songs.

Her best album so far...
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Champion The Underdog on 11 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Released last week in the US and here in the UK at the end of the month, quite simply, this could be the best album of 2007 already. Personally, I found Children Running Through to be her greatest work to date and if there is any justice she should win a grammy for its outstanding writing content. Well produced also, without every drowning out the purity of voice which ouses class on the piano driven ballad, Burgundy Shoes. Just play it from start to finish and you'll find no weaknesses, although on saying that, I would have loved a gospel choir to end the song, Up To The Mountain, but honestly every single track deserves some praise. Gospel, Country, Rock, Soul and Blues all in evidence here and whilst I loved every single track, its gets better and better as it progresses and with the hauntingly beautiful ballad of Someone Else's Tomorrow with chords to die for, at track eleven, clinching my reason for writing this rare review. There are many comparisons to other artists I could have mentioned here, but that would be unfair to Patty Griffin as she deserves every credit to her goodself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've had this, my 3rd Patty Griffin album, for a couple of months now and have held off reviewing as am reluctant to give her anything less than 5 stars-see previous reviews. She still sings with a fantastic voice which lends itself well to the variety of styles on offer-country, blues and gospel all get a look in, unfortunately so does a rather bland folk pop sound which could be anyone of many lesser female singers.
It all starts so well. The first three tracks amply demonstrate her versatility without sacrificing her essential soulfulness. The opening couple of tracks are reminiscent of Rickie lee Jones and I swear I was thinking the third, Trapeze, reminded me of Emmylou Harris when up popped the lady herself to contribute a great harmony. Next track contrasted well with a return to rootsy rock which could have been on the brilliant Flaming Red.
I was a little underwhelmed by even the beginning of Burgundy shoes-too easy listening for me-but I sensed the worst when the strings came in. Too many albums have been effectively ruined by the overuse of an orchestra to hide songwriting deficiencies and while this one is relatively sparing in its arrangements, (only 9 cellos/violins etc.) its still about 7 too many, and manages to screw up an otherwise majestic Heavenly days. Thankfully we're returned to a rootsy No bad news, but there is there is worse to come.
You can see the scenario in the mixing -"We've got all these string arrangements, why don't we turn them up just a little bit Patty?" Well the reason is they only serve to devalue the best songs such as Up the mountain, and do nothing to help the weaker ones. I'd rather listen to her talk than compete with these guys.
Sorry to be such a critic but Patty is a class act and doesn't need anyone to sweeten her sound. Don't start here if you are new to her music.
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By Francisco Amaral on 23 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The people that study the mind classify the mental processes into two categories:System1 (more intuitive ) and System2(rational) .I understand that in order to describe the perception of the magnificient music from Patty Griffin they'll have to create a System3 that is more that the sum of Systems 1and2.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paco on 15 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is another good record by Patty Griffin. The album starts fine with five good songs, in a row including a fantastic Emmylou Harris collaboration on Trapeze, one of those trademark ballads , like Burgundy shoes also, that starts with a whisper and ends up with some kind of catharsis . 'Getting ready' reminds me of her electric second CD. . After that execpt for the splendid Railroad Wings I find the record less interesting : Too many just ok downtempo songs at the end, and musically a little cliched...though her lyrics are usually remarkable.

It's a good record anyway, with at least five very good songs on it.Even the most obvious numbers are given the Patty Griffin`s voice treatment ,lifting them up form the average.
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