|1. The Flyer|
|2. Nobody's Angel|
|3. Say It Isn't So|
|4. Southbound Train|
|5. These Days In An Open Book|
|6. Time Of Inconvenience*|
|7. Don't Forget About Me|
|8. Always Will|
|9. Going Back To Georgia|
|10. Talk To Me While I'm Listening|
|12. On Grafton Street|
|13. Anything You Need But Me|
|14. Goodnight To A Mothers Dream|
|15. This Heart|
Flyer may well be Griffith's best album--not because her lyrics have improved on their already high level but because the melodies are so darn catchy. A song like "Nobody's Angel," for example, captures the forlorn loneliness of being single in lines like "I'm grounded and rusty, my dance card is dusty." On another song, she tells an ex-lover that he can have "Anything You Need But Me." You can tell she's really over him by the way she delivers the kissoff to a carefree, bouncy bluegrass tune, underscored by Pat McLaughlin's mandolin. Griffith wrote or cowrote all the songs but one (the broken-hearted ballad, "Southbound Train," by Julie Gold, the author of "From a Distance"). Harlan Howard helped Griffith write "Say It Isn't So," yet another variation on the gossips-say-you're-cheating theme. It's a fresh take on an old formula, thanks to the intricate detail of the lyrics and the acoustic guitar arpeggios which keep the tune tumbling ever forward. --Geoffrey Himes
This is a set of songs that drive you hard and fast, more rock-y than her other albums but it shows what a class act and a thoroughbred Nanci is.
I particularly like "Time Of Inconvenience", "Anything You Need But Me" and "This Heart", but, hell, when you have 15 great tracks to choose from, why bother picking any of them out.
The guest musicians are a massive boon, too - Mark Knopfler (my favourite guitarist of all time), The Chieftens, Emmylou Harris, Peter Buck, Larry Mullen Jnr, Adam Clayton. Nanci has a fantastic band, but to bring in this other mob is just amazing and inspired.
Wallow in the sheer brilliance of this album and be prepared to be dazzled by Nanci's sheer genius.
Her voice sounds beautifully wistful and there nearly always sound like a giggle tucked away in the background. A fantastic album that you can listen to over and over.
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