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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EVTY
  • ASIN: B0007XBMBQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 787,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "redredandwhite" on 28 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is Maria McKee's 5th solo studio album and it's her best work to date. She's largely ditched her electric guitar that made the 1996 offering Life is Sweet so exceptional; the multi layered production of 2003's High Dive has been abandoned and an uncomplicated but perfect production allows the voice of McKee to dominate The melodic twists entwined with the emotive delivery of the songs and the sometimes dark lyrics confirm that Maria McKee is the best singer songwriter around today.
She takes you on a journey through many styles of americana music; country, folk and a little bit of roots rock. Her voice is more mature and confident, it flows naturally between styles and it's evident from the early tracks, Season of the Fair and Turn Away that she can move through her huge vocal range with ease.
On My One True Love McKee sings "Good guys in the end succeed - but it's not for me." In the past for some unknown reason it hasn't been but lets hope she's wrong and Peddlin' Dreams gains her the recognition she deserves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Bateman on 19 Jun. 2005
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Maria McKee has reinvented herself album by album in ways I can compare only to the '70s Bowie. After her last two avant-garde sets 'Life is Sweet' and 'High Dive', a comparatively rapid turnaround has produced this quiet Maria-and-guitar collection. This strips down the production (following criticism of 'High Dive', actually my favorite of her albums, as over-produced?), to showcase her voice more effectively. This approach recalls the direct, plaintive vocals of her first two, more country-ish, albums, marrying this to folk and the American woman singer-songwriter tradition. 'Season of the Fair' already sounds like a folk standard.
The recovered simplicity will appeal to fans of artists as diverse as kd laing and Natalie Merchant. Although not as great an achievement as 'High Dive', this is probably a better starting point for general listeners to appreciate Maria's skillful songwriting and moving singing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is Maria McKee's 5th solo studio album and it's her best work to date. She's largely ditched her electric guitar that made the 1996 offering Life is Sweet so exceptional; the multi layered production of 2003's High Dive has been abandoned and an uncomplicated but perfect production allows the voice of McKee to shine and dominate as it did sixteen years ago with her first solo effort, Maria McKee.
Her voice is used as the main instrument, it flows naturally between styles and as you listen her articulate and emotive delivery draws you in and keeps you there. The perfection of the piano, acoustic, steel and electric guitar playing used to frame the delivery adds to the sentiment of the songs, starting of quietly and gradually increasing as and when required. After sixteen years her voice is more mature and confident, her register is a little lower than it was and she establishes that she can effortlessly move through her huge vocal range during the early tracks, Season of the Fair, Sullen Soul and Turn Away.
Of the twelve tracks on this album ten are originals, eight of them written or co-written by McKee. Every song penned by McKee tells a story and as she's singing you believe that she was part of that story. You imagine that she suffered the pain and anguish of the sometimes dark lyrics of Everyone's Got a Story and People In The Way. You're moved.
It's always been difficult to categorise her music and this is no exception. This album takes you on a melodic journey through many styles of Americana music; country, folk and a little bit of roots rock before ending with a cover of the classic pop song (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Omar Khayyam on 30 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
Maria McKee's last album (High Dive) was full of drama and theatre and was simply brilliant. This new album is a much calmer affair but still is wonderful music. Maria's voice carries more depth and emotion than anyone else's by a long way and the simpler production here really highlights that. 'Turn Away' particularly shows Maria's voice and its honest, breakable best. But there are also faster tracks which are equally good, 'People in the Way' is a standout. As with any Maria album it may take a couple of listens to get the music (and little sampler snippets do her no justice) but you really should buy this album. Once you've experienced the voice you'll soon be ordering the back-catalogue and start to realise just how varied the wonderful world of Maria McKee is!
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