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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A nice career overview 22 Dec 2004
By Rick Tharp - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Kim Richey is a talented singer-songwriter who has a clear, powerful voice and the songwriter's gift. Unfortunately she has not been treated well by the machinery of the recording industry. Her music doesn't fit into one neat little category, so they never knew how to market her. And her record producers have never been able to fully capture Kim's talent in the studio. Bill Bottrell just butchered her sound on "Rise". When that record didn't generate big sales, Lost Highway dumped her, then put out this collection to fulfill her contract obligation.

Anyway, this CD collects some of the highlights from her four previous albums, and leaves plenty of good tracks yet to explore. I bought this CD for the live track "electric green", but was disappointed to find that Kim is singing harmony to Pete Droge, her voice is never really heard! I'm still hoping she will put out a live solo acoustic album.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great overview of Kim's recorded songs 31 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on
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The liner notes indicate that Kim Richey picked her favorite songs from each of her four albums. It is a balanced set with about four songs from each album. There is one new song, "Break You Down", and a live acoustic version of "Electric Green". It would have been nice to have live versions of other songs because I love her as a performer, but this is a very good collection for new listeners and an enjoyable one for long time fans as well. This collection highlights her incredible songwriting, and I recommend it highly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
...just like the moon... 6 Oct 2006
By rocky-o - Published on
Format: Audio CD
kim richey is one of the most underated, gifted singer/songwriters around, and while others have seen their careers floorish in this genre (a.k.a...sarah mclaughlin, melissa etheridge, mary chapin carpenter, etc.), there are others who have fallen by the wayside (gretchen peters, just to name one off the top of my head...)...and then there are those that, have gotten 'slight' recognition, but have also been 'slighted' big time by the industry (roseanne cash, your table is waiting...)...and sadly, it is that final category that ms. richey slips into all-too well...and, i remember first seeing her many years ago at a 'Mercury' showcase (that also included Terri Clark), and this was before either one had their first record out, but i was struck by Kim immediately...and, when her debut disc finally arrived into my awaiting hands, i played that thing like nobody's business, using the song 'just like the moon' as my theme song for my radio show 'moonlight standard time'...well, several albums later, not too many sales in-between, well, we all know that story all-too well, but, i did get a chance to catch up with kimba several times afterwards, and, the last time was down in nashville, performing with the nashville symphony orchestra...she was magnificent...and her acappella version of 'my funny valentine' was a moment in time truly worth capturing...and, hopefully, one day, just like Bonnie Raitt, Kim's time will come again...until then, we'll just have to settle for these 'moments in time' and be thankful...
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The right place to start discovering Kim Richey 9 Sep 2006
By Vito Minerva - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Well, this can be said of any "Best of" album, if you are new to an artist. But in Kim Richey's case, this is particularly true, because with Rise (2002) she departed quite dramatically from the sound of her previous albums. As a proof of what I'm saying, just scroll down the lowest rating reviews of Rise and see how many fans felt betrayed by the change. Conversely, some of those who discovered Richey thanks to Rise were disappointed by her previous efforts.

Richey's first three albums can be loosely catalogued as "country-pop", even though the production becomes "glossier" as she moves from "Kim Richey" (1995) to "Glitter" (1999). I suspect her record company of yore, Mercury Nashville, was behind this gradual but steady shift. However, since sales didn't materialize, they dumped her.

Free from fetters, Kim looked for a new sound to describe her situation and to convey her emotions. "Rise" was born. Understandably, the lyrics are bleak and biographical (when she sings "I never liked a foreman standing over me" in "Girl In A Car" I don't think she's simply talking clichés; do you agree with me, guys at Mercury Nashville?) but the music is also different. She and producer Bill Bottrell must have been tinkering in a shop with all sorts of instruments when recording Rise: melodica, birdie, vibraslap, mini-moog, bozouki, washtub bass, farfisa, wurlitzer are present, among others. The result is a singer-songwriter album with Irish and Middle-Eastern influences. How some people can find it bland, I don't know.

As you have surely understood, I'm fond of Rise, but I also enjoy some songs from her previous albums, especially her debut. For instance, "Just My Luck" and "I Know" are terrific songs, very catchy, but often the other songs in these three albums are just unmemorable.

As for the new songs in this collection, "Electric Green" is a stripped-down live version of the same title song in Rise and "Break You Down" occupies the same turf. It may be an indication that Richey will stay the course started with Rise.

To summarize: buy "The Collection", see where you stand and pick from her precedent discography accordingly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Such a wordsmith... 16 Mar 2008
By Kevin J. Henry - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I think it was the playwright Tom Stoppard who once said, and I paraphrase,'Words are easy, putting them in the right order is the hard part.' Well, I think she has figured out the 'hard part'.
I heard Brooks & Dunn do "Every River" and enjoyed the lyric..then disovered it was written by Kim Richey. I had heard the name before but never gave her much attention. Now I'm hooked. The way she expresses innermost feelings in her crystal clear voice,with the most appealing twang, is very listenable,in many songs very poignant,and almost universal.
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