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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning voice, stunning album, 29 Dec 2001
This review is from: What I Deserve (Audio CD)
This is one of my very favourite albums I think. The tunes are so beautiful and Kelly's voice is stunning. It's country but without the much-hated 'cheesiness' that British people never like. Kelly Willis is a very able successor to the great Emmylou Harris (who is still going actually- fortunately- and so maybe we shouldn't yet find her a successor!) She really carries off the Nick Drake cover aswell. Bravo.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She deserves being better known., 26 Feb 2001
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Baz Douglas (Thames Valley, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a wonderful album. When I first played it, I was disappointed and put it to one side. As you do. Then I played it some time later, and again, and again. It is a real grower. Excellent songs,well produced, beautifully sung with real feeling. If you like Lucinda Williams, Iris DeMent, then you will like this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality country by a class act, 25 May 2005
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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Kelly Willis is sometimes classified as alt-country but that may simply be because she does her own thing. This album doesn't quite fit Nashville's idea of contemporary country, nor can it be described as traditional country, but it is certainly country music (albeit with other influences) of the highest quality. Kelly has a wonderful voice that she puts to superb use on a well-chosen set of songs, most of which she wrote or co-wrote.
The tempo of the album is varies between slow and mid-tempo - if you're looking for up-tempo, rocking songs, you won't find them here - but this album has plenty of variety in other ways. The regular instruments are acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass and drums but there are additional instruments on some tracks. Some tracks feature a Hammond B-3, electric lap steel guitar or percussion. Talk like that features a fiddle. Not forgotten you features a mandolin. Gotta feeling for you features a farfisa and bells a-ringing. Time has told me features a pedal steel guitar, fiddle and piano. So each track is played a little differently from the others.
Many of the songs are melancholy, showing that Kelly has plenty of experience of life's problems - however, listening to this album, one is left with the feeling that if anybody can overcome the problems, Kelly can - it's not all doom and gloom. After all, Kelly recorded this album without a recording contract, then looked for a record label willing to release it. That takes courage and a certain amount of self-confidence.
What Kelly deserves, on the evidence of this and other albums, is to be a major star. For whatever reason, that has not happened, but this album will provide plenty of pleasure for fans who are more interested in quality music than what's fashionable.
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