Patty Griffin: Children Running Through (Shock)

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Patty Griffin: You'll Remember
Patty Griffin: Children Running Through (Shock)

Exceptional. Griffin defies convenient categories: she can convincingly deliver an ethereal ballad, persuasive soul-funk like a Boho Beat, intense country with Emmylou Harris, abrasive and sneering rock which is as vengeful and as score-settling about a former lover as Dylan's Positively 4th Street . . .

And those are just the first four songs on this five-star collection which puts most other singers on notice that their fan-base is under serious threat.

Griffin also writes some of the most adult lyrics around and spares neither herself nor her audience. She doesn't compromise her integrity nor underestimate her listeners.

If you hear no other album this month try to accept the challenges and beautiful songs she offers here.

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