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5.0 out of 5 stars Kims something else!!!!!!, 26 Oct 1999
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This review is from: Bitter Sweet (CD) (Audio CD)
If you like Suzanne Vega (Remember Luka or Toms Diner or even Marlena On The wall, then Kim Richey will DEFINITELY be up your street.
There are some class moments on this CD which will certainly change your view if you think that country is still stuck in Dolly Parton hyperspace.
I fortunately came across Kim Richey by chance and I certainly don't regret it.
If you like music that "Touches the soul" then you will not be disappointed with this CD.
From the outset Every River should hit you right between the eyes and leave an impression which you most probably wont forget.
There are so many highlights - 'Straight As The Crow Flies' is simply sensational along with 'The Lonesome Side Of Town'. 'Dont Let Me Down Easy' is as gutwrenching the umpteeth time around as when you hear it the first time around! I cant recommend this album highly enough. If you read this before 31st October you may have an opportunity of seeing Kim live in the UK - supporting Raul Maulo of The Mavericks.
Check this album out you wont be disappointed!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the emotionally fragile, 1 Dec 2004
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First off, a few comparisons. Kim's voice is reminiscent at times of Lucinda Williams and Mary Chapin Carpenter, and if you like those two, you'll probably like this. Her band - who are excellent - sound much like the Mavericks, with reverb-heavy lead guitar over layered acoustics and 12-strings and that distinctive organ sound.
The overall effect though, reminds me very strongly of Linda Ronstadt's early 70s Asylum albums - and coming from me that is high praise indeed.
This is the only Kim Richey album I've heard so far, so I don't know how it compares with her others, but be aware that this is very much a concept album on the theme of lost love - a sort of alt-country "Blood On The Tracks", if you like - and every bit as painful if you're in an emotionally fragile state. So approach with caution all you broken hearts out there.
Anyway, excellent album, well worth the five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shivers down the spine, 12 Oct 2007
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Kim has a gorgeous voice and a perfect sense of rythm/timing. This album's got plenty of sadness in the lyrics, eg "there goes my whole world" and "misery loves company" but the songs are so inventive and musical that it's perfect for actually listening to carefully - as when doing something tedious like decorating. So if you like alt. country give this a try. Kim's unique but the closest comparison might be the one suggested by another reviewer - Linda Ronstadt.
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