Patty Griffin (from the album Patty Griffin available on PGM)
The sparkling notes of a Spanish guitar flicker and bounce around Patty Griffin as she opens her recently released self-titled album uneasy for the plight of the wandering souls circling our globe with “Mama’s Worried”. Inspiration can be found in the story as the mother character puts her troubles on pause, using the power of song as her singing eases worry. Patty Griffin is album number ten for the singer/songwriter, the collected tales penned with a personal feel to the stories. The music becomes a magical balm that comforts and encourages as the moon rests her head on the sea in “What Now” while Patty Griffin basks in the natural glow emanating from the woman floating on “River” as it flows across southern lands touched by Blues and Soul in a tale of rebirth and newly discovered territory.
Patty Griffin spins in the revolving rhythms of “The Wheel” and strides into a Dixieland groove fueled by scratchy strums, horn blasts, and a thick beat in “Hourglass”. Precise words and music form songs built with equal amounts of fragility and strength, Patty Griffin offering her experience as advice to light “Luminous Places” as she embraces the abandoned child in “Had a Good Reason”. The music guides the moods on Patty Griffin, the melodies creating environment as a musical experience when dark waves of notes are tossed in “Coins” as bright strings lighten the somber tones of “Bluebeard”, frenetic rhythms churn for “Boys from Tralee”, and jazz-tinged classical guitar notes make a soft landing for the fall in “What I Remember”. An after-thought post-love letter arrives as Patty Griffin closes the album door, the last track “Just the Same” a story that follows reverberating piano notes as it replays feelings and observations as it juggles the past.
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