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  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00006AAQX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The complexities of love provide plenty of opportunity for rueful reflection on the deceptively titled Easy. Though Kelly Willis has shown that she can belt a country song with the best of them, she opts for a more intimate approach on this collection of midtempo ballads. The arrangements are primarily acoustic and harmony-laden (with Alison Krauss and Vince Gill among those providing vocal support), as Willis draws from the songbooks of husband Bruce Robison ("What Did You Think"), Paul Kelly ("You Can't Take It with You"), Kirsty MacColl ("Don't Come the Cowboy with Me Sunny Jim!"), and Marcia Ball ("Find Another Fool"). The singer's own writing extends the artistic progression of her previous album, What I Deserve, with the bittersweet "If I Left You" and the melodic reverie of "Wait Until Dark" (written with John Levanthal) showing how much she has matured as an artist since her days as an alt-country ingénue. Willis saves the best for last with the shimmering transcendence of "Reason to Believe," a celebration of the everyday wonder a baby brings to her mother, providing redemption after all the heartbreak previously evoked. --Don McLeese

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Her voice is great, well chosen covers as always, but her own songs steal the show.
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In 1999, Kelly Willis stunned the music world with her ambitious comeback album WHAT I DESERVE, a record that won her a new audience with fans in the Alt.
Kori Frazier
The bottom line is, if you're a Kelly Willis fan, or a fan of "What I Deserve" in particular, "Easy" is a can't-miss proposition.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kori Frazier on August 21, 2002
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In 1999, Kelly Willis stunned the music world with her ambitious comeback album WHAT I DESERVE, a record that won her a new audience with fans in the Alt. Country and Americana circuit. Now, after three years away from the spotlight Kelly has returned with EASY, an album that is not only different from anything she has ever pursued, but the best music of her career.
As promised by No Depression magazine and various reviews from all corners of the web, Kelly delivers an all acoustic album with prominent traditional country influence and a tinge of folk and bluegrass. The result is astonishing--her powerful, unique voice is a perfect match for the honesty and emotion of these genres, and it is a wonder that this is a project she hasn't pursued sooner. EASY is sheer beauty from beginning to end. Songs such as "If I Left You" and "Not What I Had In Mind" follow in the footsteps of some of the best moments of WHAT I DESERVE, Kelly shows her vocal chops on "Wait Until Dark" and the utterly gorgeous "Easy (As Falling Apart)," and the talent and emotion present in "Reason to Believe" will leave you in awe of the amazing abilities she posesses. While six of the album's ten songs were written by Kelly, she also showcases a number of works by other artists. Hubby Bruce Robison's "What Did You Think" and the bluegrass flavored "You Can't Take It With You" (which features guest performances by Dan Tyminski, Vince Gill, and Nickel Creek's Chris Thile) represents the album's wide variety of songs, while her cover of Kirsty MacColl's "Don't Come the Cowboy With Me, Sonny Jim" is the true highlight of the album. Every song present on this musical gem is sheer perfection in every way possible.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2002
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There's nothing artificial about Kelly and her songs. Her singing voice is compelling and strong, but it's also full of little hesitations and sighs that personalize the music. I just love listening to her sing. Most of the tunes on Easy were written by Kelly, and hum-along cuts such as the title tune and "If I Left You" are fine examples of the songwriting art. She's good at selecting songs by others to cover too -- the Paul Kelly song "You Can't Take It With You" could easily do for Ms. Willis what "Let Him Fly" did for the Dixie Chicks. The musicians playing with her are a topnotch bunch of Austin studio hands and country greats, including two of the "O Brother" crowd, Dan Tyminski and Alison Krauss.
The slip card on the outside of the CD has a quote from Time magazine about her excellent '99 CD, What I Deserve. It described that album as "the smartest, most consistently worthwhile country CD released this year." I agree, and would say the same thing about Easy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CAF on September 27, 2002
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I just finished again listening to "What I Deserve" (Kelly's last release) and it still sounds quite good. "Easy" is a very different kind of album. I think the few negative reviewers here were expecting "What I Deserve: Part 2" or a reprise of her style on her old MCA recordings. "Easy" is not that easy. It is the best music ever from an artist who has made a lot of good music, but it has a tendancy to defy categorization. Pehaps it is old-timey, alt-country, bluegrass, folk-pop that goes down oh so "easy" or perhaps it is simply great music. Then there is the matter of her voice. With most artists we say they sound like so-and-so. Kelly's voice seems to have a mind or style of its own--you know, like the great ones. You might have to give "Easy" a few listens before the voice grabs hold and doesn't let go--after-all it doesn't sound like anyone but Kelly Willis. One more thing. Like the photos of Kelly with the CD, which are not your typical make-over, "glam" photos, this is honest music--without pretense. The musicians and guest artists are always in the right part of the whole. Kelly's self-penned numbers more than hold their own with the well-chosen covers and reveal a sensibility worth spending time with. As of 15 minutes ago my favorite song was "Easy (As Falling Apart)," but that could change with my next listen because all the songs keep revealing new dimensions. Let me make this "easy." This is one of the best releases of the year in any genre--why not give it a try?!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2002
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"What I Deserve" is one of my all-time favorite CD's, so I was really looking forward to "Easy". After listening to it a few times, I can honestly say that Kelly has put together another great collection of songs, many of which she wrote. This album is a little more somber than the last. Her voice is as unique and beautiful and ever. Kelly and husband Bruce Robison are two of the most talented, yet under-appreciated musicians in country music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Wellinghoff on October 15, 2002
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Kelly Willis is a very special artist - she has one of the most unique and beautiful voices in any genre today, has great taste in picking songs and musicians, and has become a good songwriter herself. She can belt it out when she wants to ("Whatever Way The Wind Blows", which she ends her shows with, is a great example.) But I think she is demonstrating her real strengths with the subtle nuances and softness in her voice that are especially on display in her last two CDs. "Easy" is merely the latest evidence of her being one of the most appealing singers out there today. And with the simple melody and heartfelt lyrics of "Reason to Believe," which ends the disc, Kelly just nails it - beautiful stuff.
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