Wreck Your Wheels CD
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7. In the Years to Come
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9. Once in Your Life
10. Back to You
11. Word to the Wise
You've got to be in the right mood for this; and if your mood is frenetic, this is perfect. It will calm you.
There are no sudden surprises, there is nothing disturbing, irritating or upsetting. It is absolutely fine. To quote the accompanying blurb: "an artist who doesn't fit easily into a box, who is broader than one category, who is simply 'good'".
"Good". That's spot-on. There is nothing wrong with the singing–nice voice. Lyrically there are a couple of words solely for the sake of the rhyme, but not many. Fine playing, arrangements and production. Quite nice artwork, too.
A well-turned-out album, then–but after it's over it doesn't stay with you. And that surely is what we want.
Kim was a teacher, in Ohio, before she set out on a singing career. This is her sixth album, and she's made an effort in the UK, having lived for a while in London, and has attracted a decent following after a number of tours here.
She is known mainly as a writer, having had success with songs covered by the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Trisha Yearwood and James Morrison, and has lent her very pleasant vocals to a few luminaries including Ryan Adams and Shawn Colvin.
Though not strictly a country writer, she spent a lot of time in Nashville, and clearly absorbed the sense of songwriting craft that pervades that town. Maybe she needs also to spend some time in Memphis and New Orleans. As an awful man in marketing once said, "we've got the sausage, now all we need is the sizzle".
I think I'll put track four, For a While, on my iPod though; it's a bit bluesy. Might as well. --Nick Barraclough
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Top Customer Reviews
That's not to say that this is at all a bad record, far from it, (a very accomplished performance), it's mainly that, it just does not have any stand out tracks.
If you want to start with Kim Richey go to 2002's "Rise" or the "Collection" from 2004 as they her best work by far.
Back to "Wreck Your Wheels" though, what you can say is that this is bit of change in direction for Kim as previously she was a bit pidgeon holed as a country singer, which is not accurate as she is more than that with wide spectrum of material, which I must say is adequately displayed here.
On this album she has co written all of the songs with different people, from Boo Hewerdine, Will Kimbrough, the late Tim Kreckle and Mark Olson (ex Jayhawks and co performer with Gary Louris)
Best tracks for me are "When The Circus Comes To Town" and "In The Years To Come" neither of which are country.
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