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5.0 out of 5 stars Tenderness Unbound, 31 Jan 2012
This review is from: Hello Cruel World (Audio CD)
My last encounter with Gretchen Peter's was with her 2009 recording with Tom
Russell 'One To The Heart, One To The Head', a delectable listening experience.
'Hello Cruel World' finds her alone again and on very fine form. Ms Peters
has the kind of world-weary voice which manages to combine both warmth and
pathos in equal measure. There are eleven new songs in the set some of which
stand among the best in her esteemed career. The album has an overall ambience
of melancholy and even when things get a tad more raucous, as they do on
'Woman On The Wheel', her predilection for minor keys never becomes morose.

There are some truly beautiful compositions on offer here. The tender 'Saint
Francis', co-written with Mr Russell, sports some gloriously restrained harmonies;
'Camille', delivers some jazzy late-night trumpet and painfully poignant lyrics ;
'Idlewild', a song which touches on both deeply personal and universal themes
and final track 'Little World', performed with heartrendingly focussed reverence.
The sublime 'Five Minutes', however, gets my vote for top track; the bruised candour
of its imagery and plaintive melody makes the very air stand still around it.

'Hello Cruel World' is yet another unimpeachable addition to Ms Peter's fine body of work.

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Initial post: 1 Feb 2012 19:45:27 GMT
Bungliemutt says:
Good review Wolf; I was a bit unsure whether this album was as strong as earlier material, but she could sing the phone book in a bucket and still be great.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2012 22:17:07 GMT
The Wolf says:
Dear Walter

Many thanks for your comments. Give it time!

I loved your "phone book in a bucket" phrase!

Best Wishes

The Wolf

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2013 14:32:39 GMT
M. N. Green says:
I know all music is subjective, but to me, having been a very big fan, (seen her 14 times, twice in USA) I think this is her poorest cd to-date. It lacks the pristine production of previous efforts and GP talks some of the songs, Diction is poor, and the soundstage is all over the place, I hope this is just a blip, and I will continue to follow her solo, and with wine women & song, with matraca & suzy because I think Barry walsh has too much influence over GP at the moment and she'll get back to winning ways, with the next cd. She is a remarkable singer & songwriter.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2013 15:00:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jan 2013 15:01:51 GMT
The Wolf says:
Dear M.N.G.

I seem to find something to love in all her work.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes

The Wolf
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