Patty Griffin: 1000 Kisses (2002)
No one is able to more profoundly depict the tragedy of love’s disintegration than Griffin, who is blessed with a voice of intense raw emotion and a stunning ability to write utterly simple verses that avoid the trap of banality. On the stellar “Be Careful,” she delicately croons, “Be careful how you bend me/Be careful where you send me/Be careful how you end me,” epitomizing her penchant for a beauty that is both aching and palpable. On “Rain,” the album opener, she tells the familiar story of clinging to a lover who has become hardened: “Strange how hard it rains now/Rows and rows of big, dark clouds/But I’m still alive underneath this shroud...”
Although it may defy traditional categorization to a certain extent, the triumph of 1000 Kisses is that it does not try to be a pop record. Instead, it exudes the confidence of an album wholly comfortable in its own skin, a rare phenomenon in this age of manufactured everything. Griffin’s reemergence on the scene will no doubt go a long way in restoring the faith of those who have become disillusioned by the contemporary singer-songwriter.
Track Listing: 1. Rain 2. Chief 3. Stolen Car 4. Making Pies 5. Be Careful 6. Long Ride Home 7. Nobody's Crying 8. Tomorrow Night 9. Mil Besos 10. Reprise
Record Label: ATO
Style: Beyond Jazz