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A Few Small Repairs

Shawn Colvin Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Mid-Price
  • ASIN: B000024ST9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sunny Came Home (Album Version) 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Get out of This House (Album Version) 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Facts About Jimmy (Album Version) 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You and the Mona Lisa (Album Version) 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Trouble (Album Version) 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Want It Back (Album Version) 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. If I Were Brave (Album Version) 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wichita Skyline (Album Version) 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 84,000 Different Delusions (Album Version) 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Suicide Alley (Album Version) 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. What I Get Paid For (Album Version) 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. New Thing Now (Album Version) 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Nothin on Me (Album Version) 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Spawning an international Top 10 single--the laconic, deceptively lightweight "Sunny Came Home"--Shawn Colvin's first album of original material in four years was as eclectic and as wayward as its predecessor, 1992's critically acclaimed Fat City. While she undeniably owed much of her appeal to her talents as a vocalist--her interpretations of other people's compositions on 1994's Cover Girl proved her to be a shrewd judge of a song's inherent strengths--her popular success remained somewhat surprising. For one thing, her world view was significantly darker than many of her contemporaries: few female singer-songwriters of her generation would write so pitiless an account of human weakness as "The Facts About Jimmy" (on which Colvin duets with another friendly misanthrope, Lyle Lovett), much less utter the dark pronouncements of "Suicide Alley". It just goes to show: if the tune's pretty enough, most people don't listen to the words at all. --Andrew McGuire

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only album of hers you need.... 14 Dec 1999
Format:Audio CD
Colvin has been around for a lot longer than her MTV current status would suggest - yet in truth, this Grammy winner is by far the best thing she's ever recorded, and the best place for any newcomer to her work to start. Just about all the tracks are really strong, but Witchita Skyline, Sonny Came Home, and I Want It Back are good examples of the breadth of her work. To coin a sporting ad-line...Just Buy It.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a mellow folk/rock award winner 29 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
"A Few Small Repairs" has been Shawn Colvin's most successful album, and won her the coveted Grammy Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1998 with "Sunny Came Home", which was a Top 10 hit for her, and the album also received a Grammy nomination in '97, as well as one for Best Female Pop Vocal for "Get Out of This House".
It's a mellow, easy going collection of songs co-written by Shawn and producer John Leventhal, and the musicianship is excellent, with John also playing most of the instruments.
Shawn's voice is not strong, but has a charming quality to it, with a soft huskiness and warmth that makes this CD very pleasant listening; its main substance is in its lyrics, which have a raw toughness to them...little intimate stories wrapped up in a melody.
Favorites for me are "Get Out of This House", "The Facts About Jimmy", and the dreamy quality of "Wichita Skyline".
It was the fabulous cover art that caught my eye and the reason I picked this CD up...the exquisite painting is by one of America's most inspired artists, Julie Speed.
All the lyrics are printed in the fold-out insert, and the sound is nice and clean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still sounds timeless 1 Oct 2009
By Baz
Format:Audio CD
Quite a few years old now, this was once one of the darling albums of the hi-fi fraternity because of its combination of half decent recording and great music. Still her best album in my opinion. I bought this to replace a 'lost' copy in a house move. Watch out for the homage to Jimmy Webb in 'Witchita Skyline' so obvious yet so delightful. Lots of other great tracks including the instantly recognisable opener 'Sonny Came Home'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful and mellow cd 16 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Shawn Colvin - A Few Small Repairs
I really enjoy listening to this cd. Shawn Colvin has a wonderful voice and really came into the forefront of the group of female performers in the past couple of years. If you like the more popular Paula Cole songs or Sarah McLachlan, you will likely enjoy this cd. This is great background music as well - good for mellow dinner parties or when trying to get other things done. If you haven't heard the song the title is taken from "Sonny Came Home" it is certainly worth hearing. Her voice has an almost innocent quality that is refreshing. She has actually been recording for some time and it is long overdue that she be recognized for her work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawn's fourth studio album (Revised) 1 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album has John Leventhal as producer again, (just like Shawn's début album "Steady On") he has also co-written most of the songs as well.

The overall sound of this album is an improvement on the previous 2 (and the sound quality was good on those) as the album was mixed by the very talented Bob Clearmoutain (who has worked with the likes of David Bowie in the past) and mastered by the amazing' Bob Ludwig (he did the re-mastering on the Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry re-issues the sound on both sets of albums is incredible).

The album itself opens with a typical Shawn Colvin song "Sunny came home" with the story contained in the lyrics autobiographic in nature; she even sneaks the album title in 1 line, "It's time for a few small repairs she said".

A stand out track for me is the song "The facts about Jimmy" this track is made special by the inclusion of a Lyle Lovett harmony track whose sweet vocals against Shawn's make it a delight to hear.

It is worth noting that the following track "You and the Mona Lisa" has a couple of famous guest as well, on bass Mark Plati (who has played for David Bowie in his more recent career) and the trumpet player Chris Botti (who has made numerous appearances on other artists albums from Sting to Nathalie Merchant)

For me the key track for the whole collection is the song "Wichita Skyline" for the middle verse has the line "But I must have been dreaming again 'cause there's nothing around the bend except for that flat line, the Wichita skyline" sounds like she is talking about herself, and the track closes with the sound of crickets in a field and off in the distance a train pulling away, this sound melts away and with no track gap the next song "84,000 different delusions" starts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No repairs necessary 7 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
By the time of her fourth studio album, Shawn Colvin had markedly improved in both the tone and quality of her voice - now velvety rich - and her songwriting skills, which here produce an album full of truly memorable songs that vary widely in tempo and subject matter, but never in quality.
From the hugely gripping and uptempo rant of "Get of this house" to utterly heart wrenching sorrow of "If I were brave" the album runs the gamut of emotions and tempos of fabulous guitar pop music.
With a tinge of American folk, Colvin writes female singer-songwriter songs that you could bracket with the rockier side of Mary Chapin Carpenter or the more melodic side of Suzanne Vega.
It's also a beautifully produced album that highlights her excellent voice, but allows instruments to breathe and compliment the voice effortlessly.
For £6.99, you'd be mad not to!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good value for money compilation.
Published 2 months ago by keith m.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Got by chance in Youtube to Shawn Colvin and loved it. Great pop songs acompanied by a singular voice. Will check other records.
Published 5 months ago by Pedro Guerreiro
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album
Having been to see Mary Chapin Carpenter share a stage with Miss Colvin I came away with a greater respect for Shawn Colvin who stole the show with her banter and her wonderful... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. James P. Mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential for any record collection
This and Steady On are two albums I have listened to over and over. Great melodies, thoughtful lyrics--both albums are consistently good.
Published on 12 Nov 2008 by Karen Mckeown
4.0 out of 5 stars "Light the sky, and hold on tight..."
By far her best album, Shawn Colvin's "A Few Small Repairs" is an amazing blend of traditional American folk and modern acoustic rock/pop, with enough insightful lyrics and... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, and rewards repeated listening
Darker and more cynical than 'Fat City', this album is at first harder to get into, but worth it. 'Repairs' is far more subtle and personal than the earlier album, with Shawn's... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'MUST HAVE' ALBUM
This is by far Shawn Colvins best album to date. it emphasises her talent, not only as a singer;her voice has an innocent, childlike quality; but also as a song writer. Read more
Published on 28 July 2000
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