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Old 01-09-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Patty Griffin - American Kid (May 7)

My most anticipated album for 2013. Same producer as Impossible Dream and described by Patty as a "folk-out". The handful of tracks I've heard (live versions) are just sensational. I get the feeling Patty fans are going to be in love with this one.
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yay! thanks for posting, Syd. I just listened to the video and am even more excited now.
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Here's another one La - not sure of the title, but it's gorgeous. The video is poor quality, but the audio is fine.



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Oh, that vid is from the Melting Point in Athens. Damnit I miss that town...and that venue. Excited for this record though!
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Another unconfirmed track from the new album, this one apparently co-written with Robert Plant.

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And here we go.........

Album released May 7, dedicated to Patty's father.

Tracklist:

Go Wherever You Want To Go
2 – Don’t Let Me Die In Florida
3 – Ohio
4 – Wild Old Dog
5 – Mom & Dad’s Waltz
6 – Faithful Son
7 – Highway Son
8 – That Kind of Lonely
9 – Irish Boy
10 – Get Ready Marie
11 – Not A Bad Man
12 – Gonna Miss You When You’re Gone


http://www.pastemagazine.com/article...rican-kid.html
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Re: Patty Griffin - American Kid (May 7)

Official video for "Ohio":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMswP...ature=youtu.be

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Re: Patty Griffin - American Kid (May 7)

Album is streaming here: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/...-american-kid/
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Re: Patty Griffin - American Kid (May 7)

Thanks la, only had a chance to listen to couple of tracks but I really like what I've heard.
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Seeing into a character, revealing and interpreting them to us, is a particular skill in an author, painter or songwriter. The good ones have it; the average ones fumble it or skip it and hope to make up for it somewhere else. But seeing out from inside that character, showing us and the world as he or she sees it, that's something only the very best can manage. Patty Griffin is among the very best.

As her seventh album shows, Griffin can write a melody that will catch you (Wild Old Dog is a corker), construct a song that will stick with you (Highway Song) and sing with a voice that beguiles you (gorgeously so on Lefty Frizzell's Mom & Dad's Waltz). Any of those on their own would earn her respect and all of them together mark her out.

At all times you are immersed in these stories, in their motivations and resonance, knowing them to be true.

But it is the ability to underscore all of those things by making you understand another soul that is so very rare and so very special. For example, there are a couple of songs on Griffin's 2004 gem, Impossible Dream, that still choke me up just remembering them, let alone hearing them.


One of the lesser but still endearing moments of that record was a brief excerpt of her parents singing the song from Man of La Mancha, which gave the album its name. Their intimacy and her own close relationship with them was evident then but now is amplified as her father's death is the wellspring of this new deceptively simple-sounding, folk-based album.


The American kid he was crops up at various stages of life: sometimes in what could be his own tales, such as the swaying-in-the-pub joy of Irish Boy and the restless, finger-picked sadness of Faithful Son; and sometimes via another's story, as in the low-humming gospel of Ohio (such as Highway Song, sung with her partner, Robert Plant, and rooted in the same territory as his own recent albums of Americana) or the vigorous acoustic blues of Please Don't Let Me Die in Florida.

At all times, though, you are immersed in these stories, in their motivations and resonance, knowing them to be true. And then, when the story goes and it's just Patty and you, it comes at you with something stronger still.

The album begins with an ending of sorts in Go Wherever You Wanna Go, as she sings an almost buoyant song of release which nonetheless hurts: ''you can get up on some sunny day and run… heartaches and yesterdays don't weigh a ton now''. It closes with the preparations for an ending in I'm Gonna Miss You When You're Gone, an elegant, understated song that could have been written by Harold Arlen 70 years ago but would reach inside you in any period.

But then, that's how Patty Griffin does it. Every time.
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With a bit of juke-joint loose blues strumming rising from a National guitar, Patty Griffin leans into “Don’t Let Me Die In Florida” with a tortured cry on what becomes a steamy track with a deep, surging pocket. A swampy exhortation, it is Appalachia gone gator with the songwriter’s fevered enjoinder given further urgency as her soprano swings from wide-open wail to silken surrender.

Death and displacement are certainly themes on American Kid. A more aggressive acoustic offering from the woman who rocked hard on Flaming Red, yet haunted on the spare folk of Poor Man’s House, American Kid creates its lean immediacy by enlisting the North Mississippi Allstars to strip down to their most organic.

Even the slow acoustic hiss of “Wild Old Dog” has a languidity that suspends time and gravity, Griffin singing about a cast-off old dog taken off the side of the road who can never quite settle in. It’s not until the chorus the spirituality of her intent rises: the dog being God who’s never comfortable with what we’ve created and yearns to be free of our expectations. Jaw-droppingly beautiful, it’s provocative beyond words.

Patty Griffin has always written wonderful miniatures of people, moments, realizations. Taking emotional truths and cutting to the quick, her razor-sharp sense of detail has never been sharper: the bawdy shanty reel “Get Ready Marie” captures the moment of knowing this girl who won’t put out can deliver, while the conga-tapped “Ohio” twitches on a cloud of witchiness, the call of slaves heading North that features ethereal vocals from Robert Plant.

Evocation is something Griffin has always had a black belt in. Strength in vulnerability, dignity in devastation, she is as Dust Bowl in her elegance as she is electric in the unfiltered emotions she serves. The slow stroll of “Gonna Miss You When You’re Gone” takes the prayer-like softness of her silvery hush and builds to the cavernous sorrow of her velvety midrange, while the John Prine-evoking “Go Wherever You Want To Go” celebrates suffering’s end with an innocence that makes death seem like one giant relief.

The tortured “Not a Bad Man” has a gentleness to its explanation of a veteran’s ghosts that evokes understanding; ditto the stoic isolation tempering of the “Faithful Son,” who did everything right but missed living. Finally with the Willa Cather-steeped tenderness of “Mom & Dad’s Waltz,” Griffin reminds us it is where we are that is to be celebrated: appreciate what we’re given while we’re here and help those around us when we can.
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I think this just might be her finest album ever.


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