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An unknown classic
on 7 October 2013
Waiting for this to be released in 2000 was a very frustrating experience. As a massive Griffin fan I'd heard live versions of choice tracks, loved them, and couldn't wait to get my hands on the CD.
Fast forward 13 years and the release date has finally arrived. Caught up in label dogma this album was shelved and Griffin's career in hiatus. A devastating blow, especially as the music here is just so good.
In those 13 years tracks off Silver Bell have been successfully covered by artists such as the Dixie Chicks and Joan Osborne, and Griffin herself during that time, now much more appreciated for being one of the standout singer-songwriters of the last 15 years.
Lyrically, Griffin stands alone. Tracks such as Top of the World, Mother of God, Truth #2 and What You Are reveal this: songs rich in quiet truths and emotional depth. Couple that with her musicanship and clear heartfelt tone and she cuts right to the heart throughout this album.
Griffin fans will already know this album, and most likely have it on bootleg, as I myself have for years.
However, in this remastered form if feels fresh and new yet timeless at the same time.
It's a wonderful piece of art. Musical therapy for all that ails you. A classic.