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American Kid

May 7, 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • Label: New West Records
  • Copyright: 2013 New West Records, Llc.
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  • Total Length: 46:35
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  • ASIN: B00CJSHDZ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,036 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

One of the best albums I have ever heard.
shelley m greene
This album hooked me from the beginning and just keeps getting better as I hear it.
E. Mennemeyer
Beautiful songwriting and mostly great singing.
John Blazosky

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 13, 2013
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For the first time since 2007's "Children Running Through" Patty Griffin has recorded an album of original material and its quiet wonder. "American Kid" is an album of songs largely dedicated to her extraordinary father, a former Second World War veteran, Trappist monk and parent of seven and is a deeply personal statement which in turn makes for one of her finest and most introspective records. Her voice throughout is in turns sweet, haunting and pristine and she is backed by a variety of premier division musicians not least North Mississippi Allstars/brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson and fellow Band of Joy member Robert Plant. Indeed there has been much online speculation about whether Percy and Patty are married or not? Griffin has recently dismissed this but they are clearly soul mates and Plant sings backing on three of the album tracks.

Griffin bookends this album with two songs about the death of her father that are raw yet considerably lifted by her searing vocals. The album commences with open-hearted "Go Wherever You Wanna Go." infused with lines which reference her fathers life and a nod to his journey to a higher spiritual plane. It is a genuinely lovely feast but is easily matched by the closing sweet melancholy of the bluesy "Gonna Miss You When You're Gone," where she wears a broken heart on her sleeve and we respond by trying to hide that large lump in our throats. In between Griffin shows that she is now every bit the equal of the great country singers like Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris with some stellar songs. One of these is a superb duet with Plant on "Ohio" a haunting alt country lament with an excellent accompanying video.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on May 8, 2013
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I can't stop listening to this. I think it's her finest hour without a doubt and I disagree about Robert Plant getting in the way -I think his presence is a subtle one that adds to 3 beautiful songs but clearly this is Patty's album! I love every song and all but one were written by Patty herself making this a creative, artistic joy and success. Buy it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Stewart on May 8, 2013
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It's all Patty! Sweet and beautiful. Kinda disagree with the review about the album being hum-ho. I loooove a good sad song and Patty can break your heart. I bawl every time I listen to Wild Old Dog. Awesome! If you're a Patty fan, I think you'll agree this one's a keeper.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Mennemeyer on May 9, 2013
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I've been through the album a number of times now, as I am an avid fan of Patty Griffin. This album hooked me from the beginning and just keeps getting better as I hear it. Here, you can find the "stripped down" Patty Griffin without all the backup instruments. It's predominantly Patty, her guitar, some rhythm and some harmony. The harmony is provided by Robert Plant. I'm not convinced he's the best choice, and like another reviewer stated, I did find it distracting. At first, anyway. As I settled into the tempo of the songs, the combined efforts began to grow on me. I'd still love to hear Patty do these songs as a soloist but I no longer want to boot Robert Plant off the album. Overall, I find this album to be a great evolution in Patty's work. For those fans more familiar with recent albums "Downtown Church" and "A Thousand Kisses" the feel of this album will probably come as a shock. But if you're familiar with her earlier work "Living with Ghosts" or the (officially unreleased) "Silverbells" this album sounds like coming home again.

The album, in order:
The album starts out strong with "Go Wherever you Wanna Go" and "Don't Let me Die in Florida." Solid lyrics, emotional songs, strong beats. "Ohio" slows things way down but captures that beautiful pacing Patty does so well. "Wild Old Dog" speeds things back up again. Not a huge fan of this song; it feel abrupt after the pacing of "Ohio." But again, the lyrics are solid and the song tells a great story. "Mom and Dad's Waltz" feels a bit out of place in the order of the album but strikes me as a very personal statement and showcases the way Patty weaves in and around things in a song. "Faithful Son" is one of my favorites on this album. Again, a great story and an emotional song.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Philip W Eubanks on May 7, 2013
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The correct file is now available for download.

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Original Post:
See the MP3 tracks 7 & 8? They're both 4:22 in length. You can click "play" and hear that they are the same song. That is, Highway Song is missing. You can download all other tracks and wait until Amazon fixes Highway Song, or you might just consider downloading the song from somewhere else. It's up to you: I just think more people should know this, since Amazon's tech has yet to fix it. I'll try to keep my eyes out and delete this review (if that's even possible) once it's fixed.

Uhm, on another note, since I am commenting - the album is awesome, classic Patty. It hearkens back to Impossible Dream, which is her best album, in my opinion. The song Faithful Son is particularly good, as is Wild Old Dog. Yup.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ivins on May 13, 2013
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i have been waiting for patty to finally put out a whole album with original songs...and this was totally worth the wait...i was a little worried what with robert plant being her boyfriend and all, since i don't care for his voice...however, he is very subtle, and i surprisingly enjoy when he sings with her...outstanding lyrics, great chord progressions, love the instrumentation...i do miss tracy goudie who usually designs her albums, however, the design is pretty cool...like i said above, a much needed fresh breath of musical air...congrats patty!!!!
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