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Patty Griffin (from the album Tape available on PGM/Thirty Tigers) (by Bryant Liggett)
Patty Griffin is inviting us into her attic and basement to put an ear toward her latest release, Tape. The term ‘latest’ being used to reference its time of release yet not as a current studio effort. Tape returns to calendar dates when the cassette and reel-to-reel tapes were the go-to medium. The Patty Griffin collected songs are made up of out-takes and B-sides, demos and rarities, things that have not seen the light of day until right now.
Patty Griffin enters lonely, the somberness of album opener “Get Lucky” escorted into down and out seclusion by it being super stripped down and lo-fi; its those rough around the edges additions that accentuate its overall feel. Robert Plant sounds wonderful as Griffin’s partner on the lazy and bouncy “Don’t Mind”, where a groovy keyboard kicks up the tune’s movement. Robert Plant’s participation begs one to wonder if the vocalist saw a future in American roots music while fronting Jimmy Page’s rock and roll juggernaut.
Patty Griffin breaks hearts on the piano ballads “Sundown” and “Forever Shall Be” and she drops a crushing dose of Ford administration AM Gold on the lazy and luscious “Little Yellow House”, the piano and slight Country Blues groove giving it a Charlie Rich feel. No polish and pure music, kept away from anyone’s ear have helped these age with some guts while remaining rare and raw.
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