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Those artists who find themselves stuck in deep ruts two decades into their careers could learn a thing or two from veteran singer-songwriter Kim Richey. She’s never been afraid to go where the inspiration is, recording each of her first six albums with different collaborators in different locales. For her seventh album, Thorn In My Heart, she decided to do something quite brave for a ... Read more in Amazon's Kim Richey Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A collection of 10 beautifully crafted and soulful songs makes up Chinese Boxes, the first studio album in five years and Vanguard debut from Kim Richey. The album was produced by Giles Martin and recorded in London at Eastcote Studios and Air Studios Lyndhurt. Giles Martin's most recent project was The Beatles 'Love' soundtrack, which he collaborated on with his father, Sir George Martin.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve, Champion The Underdog on 30 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
At last, a new Kim Richey album, her first new collection of songs in 5 years and her 6th overall. Kim hails from Ohio and is a truly accomplished singer songwriter, her best 2 examples in the 90's, being Nobody Wins for Radney Foster and Believe Me Baby (I Lied) a number one single for Trisha Yearwood.

This album is produced by Giles Martin (son of George) who recently produced the very worthwhile Love album of Beatles songs. Kim's voice on this album sounds better than ever and she and her band as usual play with delicate pleasure. The emphasis here is on quality rather than quantity, could have done perhaps with 2 additional songs to boost the overall time of the album (my only grouse and reason for not giving the 5 stars the songs probably deserve).

Comparisons to Suzanne Vega (first track especially) and Sheryl Crow (Wildflowers), would be my idea of recommendation. She is definitely more pop than country these days but then again if you ever listen to the outstanding album Glimmer, was she ever country ?

My favourite tracks are the Title track, the co-write with Mindy Smith, called Drift, my current fave Turn Me, I Will Follow, Something To Say and Not A Love Like This.

Recommended and certainly back on form after the patchy Rise. Mind you, loved the album cover.

Album History for information with my Stand Out tracks :-

Self Titled - 1995 (You'll Never Know)
Bitter Sweet - 1997 (The Lonesome Side Of Town)
Glimmer - 1999 (Didnt I/So It Goes)
Rise - 2002 (Cowards In a Brave New World)
Collection - 2004 (Every River)
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I have had this particular album for some time and it has compelled me to write this my first review on Amazon for music. This is a good quality album with some very worthwhile songs. What I like about it is it's understated quality. Granted there are singers who are technically some way above Ms Richey but so many female singers, along with their engineers and producers, feel they have to throw everything at us to get our attention. It is refreshing to have something like this that is human paced, sans over the top effects and quietly reflective. The recording is good quality to boot (are you listening.......literally you engineers? Wean yourself off the compressors and all the other tricks you pull to try and stay ahead please!). Love the title track. The poetic lyric encapsulates a certain type of individual beautifully getting right to the heart of the matter. I did notice that some of the songs are very similar rhythmically (listen to the kick from track to track and you'll see what I mean) but then it gives you a clue to the fact that she does have something to communicate. Some people love complex arrangements and harmonic fireworks this album is not that. It is a collection of grown up asides and observations though (It would probably hit quite hard if you had recently been through some kind of break up or relationship difficulty I think) presented honestly and professionally. Worth buying most definitely. Four well earned stars to Ms Richey and the gang of many!
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By rijzermans on 29 Nov. 2014
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Poetic Masterpiece 11 July 2007
By B. Gould - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For Kim Richey to not be a household name after all of the superb albums she has released over the last decade has got to be one of the music business's biggest mysteries. On her fifth studio album Chinese Boxes, she continues to make a simply beautiful album full of poetic lyric writing that breathes life into her highly emotive and real songs. Her voice has never sounded better either. From cover to cover, this album is simply a masterpiece. I hope this album finally catapults her to the rich allocades she deserves--out of the box and into the light.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
More of the same = Excellence again and again. 12 July 2007
By qqonos - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There are truly more "performers" out there than one might care to shake a proverbial stick at. But there are fewer and fewer Artists making great music these days. People who can truly craft a song, and then produce it to such an extent that the final product significantly moves you. Kim Richey does just that.
Although I think it may be a disservice to even remotely classify her efforts as pop. In the conventional sense of the word anyway.
Her music is deep enough to create it's own mini genre. You'll probably find yourself, as I often do, craving Kim Richey music. There aren't a great deal of people in my music collection I can truly say that about. Sting comes to mind... maybe Peter Gabriel or Sheryl Crow. Where their production sense and musicianship, coupled with their songwriting and performances allow you to keep the CD continuously running. Music always interesting, with solid melody, that leads you somewhere satisfying.
Every one of her albums is consistent from start to finish, and this one 's no different (Yogi Berra anyone?).
And how many albums do you own, where you really enjoy 90% or more of the music on that album? Two of the only things you'll ever find annoying about Kim Richey's music, is that there isn't enough of it, and you don't have as many people you can talk to about her material, because they're just simply not aware yet.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
such a nice vibe on this one..... 3 Aug. 2007
By J. Bilby - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
first off thanks to Darden Smith(another smooth singer who knows how to
do it right) for reminding me that Kim Richey has a new one out and to
check it out, and that I did. Its been a while since I last heard from Kim. I've been playing this on and off for the past week, nice selection
of songs, feelings, vibes and especially the production, sublime, but of
course its that voice of Kim Richey that draws you in. I hear so much of
the Beatles sound from the past woven in these melodies, it gives Chinese Boxes a timeless feel and one you will want to play whenever you're in the mood to relax, pour a glass of wine, a beer or whatever and think, this is one of the best of the year for this style of music, by far. Would
like to see radio wake up and play songs like "Turn Me", "Jack and Jill", "not a love like this".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Kim's Golden Vibes 19 July 2007
By Mad Mau - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"This is not the time for regrets, we have seen the worst and the best", croons Kim Richey in her new CD Chinese Boxes. We haven't ever really seen the worst from Kim Richey, although I was just a tiny bit disappointed in her fourth release, Rise. That one minor flaw in her astounding catalogue of breathtaking music is easily forgiven and forgotten now.

Chinese Boxes is a lyrical pleasure with just enough of her country roots restored to please even her older fans like me. While all the songs on this CD are outstanding, there are several that actually send chills down my spine when I hear her beautiful voice, filled with hope and despair and joy and sadness. Kim's voice is a soothing, supple embrace for the soul.

This CD is HIGHLY recommended.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Worth the wait 12 July 2007
By Jane M. - Published on
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Ever since I first heard Kim Richey a few years ago (on an episode of Angel), I've been collecting her CD's, delighting in each new discovery. Kim has a gorgeous voice and a talent for writing well-crafted lyrics and lovely melodies. Chinese Boxes is as good or better than any album so far, continuing on a path away from country and towards more of a pop sound (a journey she began in earnest with her 4th album, Rise). Kim is an immensely talented singer/songwriter, and Chinese Boxes is a wonderful addition to an already superb collection of work.
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