123

Patty Griffin: 1000 Kisses

By

Sign in to view read count
Patty Griffin: 1000 Kisses In today’s digitalized culture, where we have become so accustomed to sensory overload, an artist like Patty Griffin is a rare treasure. Griffin first displayed her unique gift for simplistic beauty on 1996’s Living With Ghosts, an album sparse in its instrumentation (the record featured only guitar and vocal and was intended to be “demo style”), but full of unvarnished splendor. On the heels of Ghosts, which flew below the mainstream radar, came the underwhelming Flaming Red, seemingly an attempt to “break through” with the previously absent heavy production and rocker tendencies. 1000 Kisses, Griffin’s first release in four years, finds her returning to a delightfully stripped-down realm once again wherein she glimmers amidst entrancing choruses of wistfulness and melancholy.

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

Title: 1000 Kisses | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: ATO


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Magnetic CD/LP/Track Review Magnetic
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 27, 2017
Read A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard
by Mark E. Gallo
Published: July 27, 2017
Read Someone Else CD/LP/Track Review Someone Else
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 27, 2017
Read Falling Forward CD/LP/Track Review Falling Forward
by James Nadal
Published: July 27, 2017
Read I Know Who I Am CD/LP/Track Review I Know Who I Am
by James Nadal
Published: July 26, 2017
Read "Double Down" CD/LP/Track Review Double Down
by James Nadal
Published: June 10, 2017
Read "Gratitude" CD/LP/Track Review Gratitude
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 10, 2017
Read "Blooming Tall Phlox" CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "Then and Now" CD/LP/Track Review Then and Now
by Duncan Heining
Published: May 2, 2017
Read "Luck Child" CD/LP/Track Review Luck Child
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 16, 2017
Read "The Long Journey Home" CD/LP/Track Review The Long Journey Home
by James Nadal
Published: March 17, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.