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Patty Giffin's latest offering, is co-produced by Griffin and Mike McCarthy (spoon) captures the voice and words of one of the most important singer songwriters of our time. Lush, dynamic, and provocative, the two time Grammy nominated artist resonates with time Grammy nominated artist resonates with songs that are both contemporary and timeless. The set includes 12 new Griffin penned tunes including a guest vocal appearance by Emmylou Harris on the enchanting 'Trapeze.' Patty's work has been and continues to be revered by a broad array of contemporaries, including, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Dave Mathews, Natalie Manes, Kelly Clarkson and Jessica Simpson, who's recent single is the Patty Classic, 'Let Him Fly' and Griffin appears as a guest vocalist on the new Solomon Burke effort.

On her fifth studio CD, folk-rocker Patty Griffin employs three timeless themes--childhood, flight, and death--to craft her most musically diverse and accessible album yet. But while moving through jazz, beatnik, classic and modern folk, gospel R&B, Americana, and moody piano ballad, Griffin keeps her backing quiet and spare, all the more to showcase the power of her deft storytelling and the bell clarity of her unadorned soprano. On song after song, the characters who waft through her experience are on the move, chasing one thing and fleeing another--on trains, ships, buses, in cars, even on the aerialist's bar--ultimately trading an ending of one kind for a new beginning and transference. Sometimes--as on the Rickie Lee Jones-ish "Stay on the Ride," where an old man with no name answers an existential urge for going--they don't even know what it is. "Trapeze," the most resonant offering, follows an aging circus performer who'd rather work without a net than take her chances in love. Here, Emmylou Harris adds one of her most aching harmony lines to Griffin's exquisite, ethereal lead, while in the next track, "Getting Ready," the singer turns a 180, laying a sneering Dylanesque vocal over a fiercely scrubbed acoustic guitar and an occasional dissonant kiss-off. "Baby, baby, you were my drug/And I was just your cigarette," she drones knowingly. One suspects that particular object of her affections will soon regret it. --Alanna Nash

More from Patty Griffin

1000 Kisses

Living With Ghosts

Impossible Dream

Flaming Red

A Kiss in Time

1. You'll Remember
2. Stay On The Ride
3. Trapeze
4. Getting Ready
5. Burgundy Shoes
6. Heavenly Day
7. No Bad News
8. Railroad Wings
9. Up To The Mountains (MLK Song)
10. I Don't Ever Give Up
11. Someone Else's Tomorrow
12. Crying Over

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 2, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B000LV63PO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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86 of 95 people found the following review helpful By John C. Bergeron on February 8, 2007
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Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks," Young's "After the Goldrush," Browne's "Late for the Sky," U2's "Joshua Tree," McLachlan's "Surfacing"...and while some reading this might legitimately plug in different titles for these artists, my point is that every great artist has one (or perhaps two) works that immortalize their careers. Thankfully, Patty Griffin has a long way to go, but it's hard to imagine anything she'll do from here on overachieving this magnificent release. The purity and passion of her singing, the power and profundity of her lyrics, which can almost literally turn one's heart inside-out, the confidence, versatility and genius she demonstrates in moving from gospel to gorgeous strings to hard edged folk to Hispanic-tinged brass arrangements left me, an already dedicated fan, feeling that Patty Griffin has, with "Children Running Through," guaranteed herself a permanent place in the pantheon of the very greatest singer-songwriters of all time. Again, Griffin is still in the middle of what has already been an amazing career, so if this sounds like an obituary, I don't mean it to. It's just hard to imagine anything she (or anyone else, for that matter) will do from here on being better than this. That said, I guess it won't really surprise me if she finds yet another, higher mountain to climb. Bottom line: If you consider yourself an audiophile or a collector of the best music ever recorded, your collection won't be complete until "Children Running Through" is added to it. This is a great and timeless record.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By docjake on February 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
On first listen I found this set of songs to be very soothing and highly enjoyable, but not moving or remarkable. Afterall, nothing can measure up to the jolt you feel the first time you hear Patty Griffin, and some of her earlier works are just so gut-wrenchingly raw and startlingly honest and sad. Oh, but then....then, I listened to it again, and again, and again. And with each turn, this album has swiftly and steadily pushed itself deeper into my soul and psyche until today, as I was listening, I found myself with chills, with tears, alternately crying and smiling. And I found myself in complete awe of how utterly moving and remarkable this piece of work is. I think that the very thing that put me and maybe others off at first is what, now, I find most relatable. And that is that Patty is aging and maturing, mellowing and coming to terms with life and its offerings. And her music is, of course, reflecting this. Some highlights for me include:

1)The warm and nostalgic feeling of "Bergundy Shoes" and the one word chorus "Sun". How she can make a single word mean so many things and evoke such emotion is amazing to me. 2)The beat and rhythm of both "No Bad News" and "Getting Ready" are infectious and I am incapable of not moving when I hear it 3) The "sun on my skin and smell of fresh-cut grass and warm earth" feeling I get when I hear "Heavenly Day". Knowing it is about her dogs makes it that much more endearing to me, but it is a great, feel-good song regardless of her muse. There is such a variety of style from song to song that I am sure nearly anyone can find a song to love. I, for one, love them all.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Harris J. Schneider on April 25, 2007
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Patty Griffin is an incredible writer, singer and performer. I have been a fan of hers for about 6 years. My love of her music has been fairly consistent, although I have doubted for awhile whether she'd ever release a true classic record. I absolutely adored 1,000 Kisses, but maybe because it's got more of a consistently melancholy mood, it's always seemed to be more of a niche record for Patty. With Children Running Through, Patty's hit paydirt.

Much like Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is the standard for Lucinda Williams, this record will always be the one that other Patty records are judged against. Sure, certain fans will always prefer Living With Ghosts. Some may prefer 1,000 Kisses or Flaming Red, but to the vast majority of music fans, Children Running Through will be the one great Patty record.

Maybe it's the production. It all just sounds so great. Each song seems to have been a success in achieving what it set out to achieve. Patty's a jazzy crooner on the opener "You'll Remember", a funky rapper on "Stay on the Ride", a folk storyteller on "Trapeze", a bona fide rocker on "Getting Ready", a piano balladeer on "Burgundy Shoes" and a Sam Cooke styled soul singer on "Heavenly Day" and that's just the first half of the record.

She's dabbled in most of these styles at times throughout her career, but in each case never more successfully than here. While many loved her rocking out on the title track to "Flaming Red", she's clearly brought her rock to new heights with "Getting Ready". Her Emmylou duet on "Trapeze" is as gorgeous a song as she's ever done, and as piano ballads go, none rank with "Burgundy Shoes".
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cold Head on February 7, 2007
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Patty Griffin has created an absolute masterpiece with here new album "Children Running Through". The opening song puts us right back in the seat that Patty left vacant on the last song from "Impossible Dream". She leads us into a wonderfully blues/rockabilly track appropriately named "Stay On The Ride". After which we do just that. We stay on the ride for Patty Griffin's masterwork. I am a huge fan of all of her previous albums. "Children Running Through" brings all the best of Patty's talent out in the open. Her wonderful songwriting and spot on vibrato is in the forefront as usual. However, its seems as if she has came to accept the fact that she should be comfortable with her voice, which in previous albums it seemed as if she was a bit shy to let go. She lets go on this album. She is paving her own way in music. I have all the love and respect for Patty and her amazing talent. I only hope she continues for many years to come. She helps brighten my life everytime I listen to her.
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