The complete spring 2002 release, including Rain; Nobody's Crying; Tomorrow Night , and more.
Since the breathtaking purity of her debut, Living with Ghosts
, Patty Griffin has proven she can luxuriate in glamorous pop, rock like a biker, hold her own on stage with the Dixie Chicks
, and write hit songs and singer-songwriter classics. What she hadn't done is craft an album as wholly exquisite and emotional as her talent. With the spare, acoustic 1000 Kisses
, she has done just that. In the basement of longtime guitarist Doug Lancio's Nashville home, Griffin takes a suite of intensely personal songs (and three covers, including a tingling version of Bruce Springsteen
's "Stolen Car") into the close confidence of her airy but twang-shaded voice, and draws accordion, cello, mandolin, brushed drums, and even Emmylou Harris
into a candid and rare musical space. After a four-year wait, 1000 Kisses
is more than reason to celebrate Griffin's return--it's a guileless, glowing masterpiece. --Roy Kasten