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Demonstrating what to do on debut
on 2 August 2005
This is an exciting start, Patty Griffin's first album, recorded on a shoestring as a demotape, the arrangements no more complex than a guitar and voice. What emerges is one of the outstanding acoustic recordings of the 1990's - simple, poetic lyricism being given a true voice and confirming that quality writing will stand out regardless of amplification and studio manipulation. Griffin has a voice which reaches right into your heart.
Born in Maine, she began performing in the Boston area, absorbing her folk roots and impressing her own stamp upon her lyrics. Hers is no overnight success - Patty Griffin grafted at her trade, learning it from the grassroots up. It shows in her guitar work, her voice, and the rich quality of her writing.
Patty Griffin does not seem to have had a happy time in the recording studio - she has changed labels and seen material frozen. This, however, is an outstanding debut, all the more poignant and effective for its lack of production and raw exposure of her talent. Her work deserves to be listened to - for anyone interested in writing songs, or in writing poetry, Patty Griffin is a yardstick against which to measure your ability to capture emotion or encapsulate biography.