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Downtown Church [CD]

Patty Griffin Audio CD
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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 (25 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00307Q90A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. House Of GoldPatty Griffin 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Move Up (Feat. Ann McCrary, Regina McCrary, Jim Lauderdale, And Buddy Miller)Patty Griffin Featuring Ann McCrary, Regina McCrary, Jim Lauderdale, And Buddy Miller 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Little Fire (Feat. Emmylou Harris)Patty Griffin Featuring Emmylou Harris 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Death's Got A Warrant (Feat. Regina McCrary And Ann McCrary)Patty Griffin Featuring Regina McCrary And Ann McCrary 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. If I Had My Way (Feat. Regina McCrary And Ann McCrary)Patty Griffin Featuring Regina McCrary And Ann McCrary 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Coming Home To Me (Feat. Julie Miller)Patty Griffin Featuring Julie Miller 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wade In The Water (Feat. Regina McCrary And Mike Farris)Patty Griffin Featuring Regina McCrary And Mike Farris 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Never Grow Old (Feat. Buddy Miller)Patty Griffin Featuring Buddy Miller 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Virgen De Guadalupe (Feat. Raul Malo)Patty Griffin Featuring Raul Malo 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Smell A RatPatty Griffin 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Waiting For My ChildPatty Griffin 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Strange Man (Feat. Regina McCrary And Mike Farris)Patty Griffin Featuring Regina McCrary And Mike Farris 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. We Shall All Be ReunitedPatty Griffin 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. All Creatures Of Our God And KingPatty Griffin 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

If an artist is to be judged by her friends, Patty Griffin is a superstar. Her songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Dixie Chicks; Buddy and Julie Miller are guests on this album, as is the gorgeous voice of former Maverick Raul Malo.

It doesn’t take much listening, though, to realise what qualifies her to call on such luminaries. Her reedy but soulful voice wraps itself round some classic gospel songs, but the surprise is that only one of these is written by herself, although she has a strong track record as a songwriter.

Her choice of material sounds like it bears the strong influence of producer Buddy Miller. He has always championed the gravelly side of what we might call Americana or alt-country; but this, simply, is honest country music. Buddy seems to have recognised in Patty’s voice and delivery an earthiness that hasn’t been fully exploited in the past.

Downtown Church is full of astonishing songs. It opens with Hank Williams’ House of Gold, and there’s a bit of Lieber and Stoller silliness with I Smell a Rat. As for Sullivan Pugh’s unsettling Waiting for My Child from 1963, where did they find that? Then, from the obscure to the obvious – Wade in the Water. There is some severe God-bothering going on, but don’t let that put you off, as the music’s what it is, regardless of whom it’s about.

The album was recorded in a Nashville church, and Griffin had plenty to choose from – there are over a thousand in the Tennessee capital, making it arguably the most churched settlement in the States. This particular building they got right, as the acoustics inside the Nashville Downtown Presbyterian Church sound wonderful. You can spend as much money as you want on digital manipulation, on echoes and reverbs pulled from the electronic shelf, but nothing sound as good as twanging strings moving the air and banging back and forth between hard walls.

The straight rendering of the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King may wear some down at the album’s end, but otherwise this is one destined for the iPod. --Nick Barraclough

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(201/CREDENTIAL) 14 tracks (47:10) produced by and feat. Buddy Miller plus Jim Lauderdale, Regina & Ann McCrary, Mike Farris, Raul Malo, Emmylou Harris a.o. A Collection of gospel-infused songs produced at the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville,TN. This outstanding album brings to life Gospel songs that have influenced contemporary music in a way that only Patty Griffin can do./ Ein überragendes Werk bei dem der Atem stockt. Man spürt förmlich die Kraft der Stücke bzw. Interpretationen aus den Lautsprechern. Ein Meisterwerk, auch für Atheisten!skMedium 1
  1. House Of Gold
  2. Move Up
  3. Little Fire (& Emmylou Harris)
  4. Death's Got A Warrant
  5. If I Had My Way
  6. Coming Home To Me
  7. Wade In The Water
  8. Never Grow Old
  9. Virgen De Guadalupe (& Raul Malo)
  10. I Smell A Rat
  11. Waiting For My Child
  12. The Strange Man
  13. We Shall All Be Reunited
  14. All Creatures Of Our God And King

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patty Gives Voice 7 Sep 2010
By Adam K.
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Patty Griffin, one of the finest singer/songwriters around, here tackles a collection of old-time gospel covers in a sort of "Nashville goes to Church" concept that, when it succeeds, is uplifting and quite gorgeous. The problem lies in the fact that Patty Griffin IS one of the finest singer/songwriters around, and her own two self-penned tracks on this album shine above all the rest in their heart-breaking simplicity and unforced beauty. As an atheist, a great deal of the sentiments on this album are lost on me, but if I have to have someone leading me through this kind of territory, I couldn't have hoped for a better singer to do so. Patty brings fire and tenderness to these songs in all the right measurements, even injecting a little stirring rockabilly into songs like "Move On Up" and "I Smell a Rat", as well as bringing her customary soulfulness and extraordinairy voice to songs like "Waiting for My Child" and "Wade in the Water". And yet...and yet...there are occasional dips into Grand Ole Opry cheesiness, replete with steel guitars and weepy sentiment, in songs like "House of Gold" and "Never Grow Old" that sit uncomfortably with the knowledge that, left to her own devices, Patty Griffin can distil the most powerful of emotions into a few well-crafted lines of her own and put them across in a way that will shake you to your very soul. Her motivations (and I'm cribbing, here, from Red on Black's excellent review) seems to be to explore her own relationship with God and faith, but the Canadian artist Veda Hille tackled the same task with far more inventiveness and originality on her own exploration, "This Riot Life". Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!! 16 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have just heard this entire album on a live streaming site and it just goes to confirm the genius of Patty Griffin. She explores her feelings about life, religion, love and loss throughout this album and draws listeners in to reviewing their own feelings about the same things. Her voice continues to improve and it dominates proceedings on this album, soaring over some beautifully arranged gospel tunes which were recorded in the Downtown Presbtyterian Church in Nashville. Mostly on the slow side there are a couple of uptempo songs (Move Up with great call and response vocals and I smell a Rat), a nicely nuanced version of Wade in the Water, but the overall feeling is one of meditation and reflection, culminating in a wonderful rendition at the end of the hymn All Creatures of our God and King, with just piano for accompaniment. This is an yet another Patty Griffin album that should be in everybody's collection. Brilliant.
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Patty Griffin is one of American greatest songwriters bar none and if her albums especially "1000 Kisses" were compared to fine wines then they would be 1787 vintage Sauternes from Chateau d'Yquem. If she sang in my local church this wasted sinner would get religion and become devout. And of course there is THAT voice. Griffin sings like the metaphorical angel and to have both her and Emmylou Harris undertaking a duet on the delicious "Little Fire" is this reviewers idea of earthly paradise.

Patty Griffin's latest LP is a gospel album cut in a 160-year-old Nashville Presbyterian church that once welcomed Andrew Jackson and survived the Civil War as a hospital for Union soldiers. She has of course sung gospel before (Heavenly Day) but the dedication of a whole album to the genre could some cause hesitation amongst people who are not fans. I was recently intrigued to watch the former Roxy Music dilettante and great producer Brian Eno (Bowie, U2 et al) on BBC 4 state his deep love for Gospel music which as he eloquently states "is always about the possibility of transcendence, of things getting better. It's also about the loss of ego, that you will win through or get over things by losing yourself, becoming part of something better. Both those messages are completely universal and are nothing to do with religion or a particular religion". Griffin clearly understands this and has assembled a stellar support cast to assist her in this enterprise. Does it succeed? Is the Pope a Catholic? "Downtown Church" is a stunningly powerful and mature performance from a singer who is able to transcend musical boundaries. Do not be put off by the spiritual dimension to this. If you loved the eclecticism of the soundtrack for "Oh Brother where art thou" this has the same variety and feel.
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