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This review is from: Living With Ghosts (Audio CD)
There is no substitute for raw talent and inspiration. Rather like the 'Texas Campfire Tapes' by Michelle Shocked,'Living With Ghosts' catches Patty Griffin in her raw essence.Just an acoustic guitar, a voice a microphone and some carefully crafted songs make for an album that is honest,direct and wholly absorbing.Patty Griffin from her songs might sound like a victim. Anything but. She's tough and despite it all, she's going to keep going. No matter what.She seems incapable of sentimentality or deception.Her songs have the ring of truth about them and so sometimes as on 'You Never Get What you Want' and 'Sweet Lorraine', the lyrics boarder on the uncomfortable.
What puts Patty apart from many other singers who plough the folk furrow is that her voice is so distinctive. Capable of going from a quavering plaintive waif -like tones to suddenly ascending skyward, she constantly surprises with how much emotion she can pack into a note.As important,is the fact that Patty can pen melodies and lyrics that stick in the mind. The intro track is a mini- marvel of using of how to use a image to express a very deep personal truth.
'Living With Ghosts' is a beautiful disc. The production,song craft, playing and performance deserve the highest praise. Recommended.