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Clock Without Hands

Nanci GriffithAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: February 3, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra 0591
  • ASIN: B00005M98Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Clock Without Hands by Nanci Griffith

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Once Nanci Griffith moved away from "folkabilly" in favor of an uptown middle-of-the-road sound, her albums often took on a self-important archness that detoured their journey from her heart to ours. The fact that she titled this one after a Carson McCullers novel telegraphs bad omens until you remember that many of her best, early records also honored her literary heroes. Clock Without Hands, her first album of mostly original material since 1997, turns out to be an elegant and gratifying surprise. While the production is a bit too pristine and dry, and Griffith's sometimes irritating delivery goes over the top on "Shaking Out the Snow," the album is a thoughtful and effective meditation on the awakening and thawing of a heart grown cold. With two songs meant for a seriously ill parent and three set in Vietnam--one a deeply felt tribute to ex-husband Eric Taylor, whose life was forever changed there--Griffith seems to be making amends, healing old wounds, and finding the strength to move on. This is a beautifully wrought record about the mysteries of love, longing laid bare, and the importance of living in the moment. It may be the most honest album of Griffith's career; certainly it's one of her most enjoyable. --Alanna Nash

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a shining light August 15, 2001
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A lot of commenters take note of the fact that this disc contains, to evident surprise, new material. A few years ago, NG announced a retirement of sorts after "Blue Roses", so to find a new release, with new originals, is newsworthy for her fans.
As a collector of every NG album (that term is still used, I hope) I'd put this in the "Flyer" tradition of Nanci's work. Her voice no longer has that girlish, Texan quality we heard on her early works, nor does it have the silvery tone of her MCA albums. Now she sounds more sandy, and performs material that shows off her vocal strengths as they've evolved over time.
I'm less conflicted over "Clock Without Hands" than I was with "Blue Roses". I find it much more consistent and strong. That said, it's still a little uneven. But with the exception of "Last of the True Believers" and "Flyer", I find all of her albums uneven, and find myself skipping over tracks on nearly all of them when I listen. Still, on "Clock Without Hands", just as on every other Nanci disc, there's at least one song which gives me chills. Here it's "Midnight In Missoula." NG is brilliant in performing these love-at-a-distance songs ("Lone Star State of Mind" is another example) and this tune just puts all the ingredients together perfectly. Actually, from an editing point of view, "Clock Without Hands" has a terrific flow to it, much like "Flyer" did.
I'll be the first to admit I'm not as keen on her topical songs as others. I didn't really care for "Time of Inconvenience", or, reaching back, for "Hard Life". Her lyrical preachments have always seemed a little too strident, even if I agree with her sentiments.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Toto, I don't think we're in Texas anymore... August 8, 2001
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I'll admit that Nanci's newest album, "Clock without Hands," took some careful listening before I warmed up to it. Gone is the twangy little Texan poet-girl we all know and love, who's songs about leaving love behind carried an unspoken "but I don't need it anyhow" underneath the surface of regret. On this record, we hear a woman pushing 50, who's taking a good, hard look at her life, and sharing what she sees with restraint, honesty, and no pretense of bravado.
The title song captures that mood perfectly, and lays the groundwork for the rest of the album. Nanci's delivery here is subtle yet direct, and that gentle matter-of-factness steers the song away from self-pity and towards insightful confession.
The counterpoint to "Clock Without Hands" is "Where Would I Be," which seems like a throw-away pop song the first time around. But listen again, and you'll hear a little gem about salvation and gratitude, maybe a bit more polished than we're used to, but with the same quiet, reflective delivery we hear on "Clock." Yes, it's a very "pop-y" song, but imagine it in the hands of Celine Dion, and you'll appreciate the sophisticated restraint of Nanci's delivery.
As much as I like the sophisticated, mature Nanci, I was glad she let her roots show from time to time on this album. "Truly Something Fine" and "Cotton" are full of the folky sweetness that made me a Nanci fan to begin with. And "Roses on the 4th of July" is a classic "real folks" love story, a genre she's done so well in the past ("Gulf Coast Highway"), moving you to tears with nothing more than a tale about two people who love each other because of, and in spite of, everyday life.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the time to buy January 14, 2004
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If you're not already a rabid Nanci Griffith fan, skip this one - she has a dozen recordings that are lovely. If you are a long-time fan like me, take serious note of the Amazon reviewer's comment about one song. "Irritating" is an understatement - Nanci trying without success to belt out "Shaking Out the Snow" shockingly out of key is absolutely horrifying. The lyrics are great, but what has happened to the beautiful voice I've been listening to for 20 years?
I like some Nanci albums better than others, and I've enjoyed seeing her perform live both in her youth and in her middle age. But I haven't been this disappointed (or disappointed at all) in any of her other CD's except Late Night Grande Hotel. Like that CD, there is only one good song here - the title track, in this case - and the rest is somewhere between mediocre and unlistenable. The song for her mother is nice. I don't mind when one of her recordings has a little filler, but there should be more than one or two really good songs.
I've always bought whatever Nanci recorded. With the release of "Clock Without Hands," I plan to be much more careful in the future. I don't entirely regret buying it, because I'm unlikely to buy a greatest-hits package (already have all her albums), and the title track is one of her best songs ever. I'm glad to have it. But I tend to rush to get it out of the CD player when that one song is over.
Nanci Griffith is one of my favorite singers when doing original material, and her two CD's covering great folk songs were both enjoyable and a great contribution to the world of folk music. I've tried really hard to like this CD, with repeated listenings, and I just can't manage it. You can't go wrong with most of the others - consider buying one of them first. This is simply a bad CD. I can't think of a nice way to say it. A valiant effort gone wrong?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Basics
I've been a long-time fan and follower of Nancy Griffith - over 25 years - and it was great to find a more recent album by her that was "back to the basics" in style. Read more
Published on April 17, 2010 by MCH
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent music from Nanci. Title track is my favorite, but the others are just as good. Avoid her live concerts due to her liberal bias and agenda. Read more
Published on August 7, 2008 by B. Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed in places but well worth a listen nonetheless!
I hate to say it, but of all of Nanci's albums I have, this one is the least best. Every artist has a weaker patch, though, re: Pink Floyd with THE FINAL CUT and REM's later... Read more
Published on April 27, 2005 by Mr N Forbes-warren
3.0 out of 5 stars producing moments of genius
Toward the end of the 80s Madonna was looking to reinvent herself and she agreed to do a song with Prince. Read more
Published on September 30, 2004 by Sigmund
1.0 out of 5 stars What IS wrong here?
I listened to this CD a while ago, and couldn't get it out of my player fast enough. A friend recently loaned it back to me, and I gave it a second try. Read more
Published on March 15, 2004 by P. Haritatos
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great Griffith album
This album features some of Nanci's best arrangements to date -- nothing too overwrought or glitzy this time around, but some adventurous and engaging stylistic gadding about. Read more
Published on November 12, 2002 by DJ Joe Sixpack
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on track
Ever since being SO disapointed with her work on "Other Voices, Too" and writing a SCATHING review I decided to take another chance.... Read more
Published on September 23, 2002 by "eatonkw"
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid album
Nanci's voice has matured but not mellowed. She's lost the little-girl quality that some of the other reviewers seem to miss so, and gained a richness and depth and edge that I... Read more
Published on September 9, 2002 by Goalie Glenn
4.0 out of 5 stars Nacy Griffith's Voice and Stprytelling are unmatched.
I think that about says it all. She is a master of masters.
Published on August 12, 2002 by Dawnine K. Clews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fragile and beautiful
I have to admit that I'm a big fan of Nanci's, but previous recordings have left me cold. I purchased "Clock without Hands" in the hope that this album would be a return... Read more
Published on May 7, 2002 by Dean Akrill
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