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PEDDLIN' DREAMS
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2005
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
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
on 3 May 2005
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. The second cover is of Neil Young's Barstool Blues where the intensity of her piano playing compliments her concerned vocals and supports her competency as a gifted musician.
On My One True Love, one of the two tracks written by her producer Jim Akin, McKee sings "Good guys in the end succeed - but it's not for me." In the past it hasn't been but lets hope she's wrong and the record companies promote this album well enough to gain her the recognition she deserves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2005
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2005
This is a great album, and the one that long time Maria fans like myself always hoped she would make.. it's a partial return to Lone Justice territory with new ideas and elements of the 'Life is Sweet' era.. Barstool Blues is unbelievable.. zuma-tastic and the new songs are all wonderous..
I like this cd!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2007
OK, I have to admit that Maria can do no wrong in my musical ears. She is a terrific performer and about the only person who can tempt me into a live show. Peddlin' Dreams has become my favourite of her albums; it showcases her versatility as a singer/songwriter and musician. This is a raw and beautiful album that just gets better and better with every play.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2005
Don't get me wrong, I am a huge huge fan of Marias but I just couldn't get away with her last two albums - this one, I am glad to say is a return to form. Think "Maria Mckee" and "You Gotta Sin to Get Saved" but more grown up with more things to say! To understand her amazing voice and talent, check out "You Don't Know How Glad I am" (which is a cover), "Sullen Soul" and "Drowned and Died". I would recommend anyone to have a listen and all the old fans, heave a sigh of relief!!
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on 13 September 2013
I was a bit fan of Maria's earlier stuff (ie: You Gotta Sin To Get Saved), but I have to say that this CD is not in the same league, rather disappointingly. I am always hopeful that she might one day reach the heights of the aforementioned, so I will keep buying her CDs in hope, but all I can say about Peddlin' Dreams is it is not a CD I play that often . . . . .
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