Home | Audio Reviews |Audiophile Shows | Partner Mags News

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

Patty Griffin
1,000 Kisses

Review by Wayne Donnelly
Click here to e-mail reviewer

Patty Griffin 1,000 Kisses

CD Stock Number: ATO Records/BMG 79102-21504-2

 

  With this third album, Patty Griffin's budding career is really beginning to flower. Her 1996 girl-and-her-guitar solo debut, Living With Ghosts, contained a handful of striking songs that put her on my radar screen as a young artist worth watching, although there was a slightly whiny quality in her vocals that kept me and some other listeners from fully engaging with the songs. With the 1998 Flaming Red, Griffin recast herself as a rock/blues mama, kicking out the jams with the aggressive title song and several other up-tempo rockers. That approach worked surprisingly well, although careful attention to the lyrics suggested that her natural milieu was still the personal and emotional. "Mary," mixing personal sadness and religious imagery, is the standout song from that CD.

The rock band is gone on 1,000 Kisses. Griffin has returned to her singer-songwriter style, but with greater assurance and consistency in both songwriting and vocals. Eight of the nine songs here are by Griffin. On the one cover, Bruce Springsteen's "Stolen Car," she captures perfectly the narrator's fatalism and emotional emptiness -- The Boss would approve, I'm sure. Track 10, "Reprise," is not a song but a superfluous few seconds of random instrumental -- added, as far as I can tell, solely for the purpose of having 10 tracks. (The CD clocks in at a modest 39:45.)

"Rain" starts us off with Griffin's voice and acoustic guitar mic'ed very closely, and those two elements maintain center stage throughout. Even when other instruments accompany her, the overall feel is still that of a solo performance. Griffin's choice to cover "Stolen Car" is clearly not a random one -- the CD is generally somber in tone. There are several well drawn portraits: a shattered Native American Vietnam veteran ("Chief"), a woman stuck in a dead-end life ("Making Pies"), a widow in a hearse after the funeral ("Long Ride Home"). The other songs are laments and cautionary tales of lovin' and losin': "Be Careful," ""No body's Crying," "Tomorrow Night." (Nobody would call Griffin perky.)

Despite the darkness of tone, the CD is not depressing -- far from it. Flashes of wit and wry humor emerge here and there, and "Mil Besos," sung in passable Spanish, is warmly romantic. And even in the darkest songs one can enjoy the craft of Griffin's songwriting and the character of her tough-yet-vulnerable voice. The engineering is simple and appropriate to the scale of the songs. Hearing the CD on a couple of other systems, I detected a slight glare when Griffin pushes her voice, but on my system that effect does not appear unless the volume is turned up too loud. 

If you like the female singer-songwriter genre, try this CD. Patty Griffin is a unique voice in today's popular music scene, and I don't think we've yet heard the last or the best of her.

 

Enjoyment: 87

Sound Quality: 89

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

 

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc

 

Superior Audio Archives
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

 

Videos
Enjoy the Music.TV

 

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Show Reports
High End Munich 2019 Show Report
AXPONA 2019 Show Report
Zagreb AV Show 2019
CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report
Salon Audio Montreal Audio Fest 2019
Florida Audio Expo 2019 Show Report
Warsaw Audio Show 2018
New York Audio Show 2018 Report
Capital Audiofest 2018 Report
Copenhagen HighEnd 2018 Show Report
Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2018
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest RMAF 2018
CanJam 2018 Denver RMAF
KL International AV 2018 Show Report
High End Munich 2018 Show Report
AXPONA 2018 Show Report
CanJam SoCal 2018 Show Report
CanJam NYC 2018 Show Report
Click here for previous shows.

 

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

 

Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

 

Partner Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
NOVO (CANADA HiFi)
STEREO Magazine
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

 

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

 

Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

 

Social Media & Video
      

 

 

 

       

Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us

 

All contents copyright  1995 - 2019  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.