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Impossible Dream

Patty GriffinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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New West Records is proud to announce that Patty Griffin will release her new album, American Kid, on May 7. The album, co-produced by Griffin and Craig Ross, is her seventh and first for New West. It is her first album of mainly new material since the acclaimed Children Running Through in 2007. In between then and now, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church in 2010 and became a ... Read more in Amazon's Patty Griffin Store

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  • Audio CD (April 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ato Records
  • ASIN: B0001LJCZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Throws A Line
2. Cold As It Gets
3. Kite
4. Standing
5. Useless Desires
6. Top Of The World
7. Rowing Song
8. Don't Come Easy
9. Florida
10. Mother Of God
11. Icicles

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Patty Griffin's considerable promise is fully realized on Impossible Dream, her fourth studio album. Dixie Chicks fans who loved the trio's cover of Griffin's "Top of the World" will find the blueprint take here, but it's just one of several standouts. "Useless Desires" and "Don't Come Easy" show Griffin in her prime as a heartfelt folk-rock singer-songwriter, while "Love Throws a Line" and "Standing" offer intriguing bluesy/gospel counterpoints. "Kite" nearly floats away on a subtle piano breeze that personifies its mood of Sunday-afternoon solitude. The zenith is "Mother of God", an emotionally wrenching seven-minute masterpiece that begins as a heavy-hearted rumination before transforming midway into an abstract refraction of pure musical radiance and lyrical reassurance, like the cocoon setting loose its beautiful butterfly. --Peter Blackstock

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew Out the Light in My Soul... September 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Patty Griffin proves once again that she is a songwriter of formidable powers. I'm a big boy, but freely admit that I wept openly after after first hearing "Forgiveness" off her first album. This album is revelatory in another respect. Anyone who thinks of Patty as a songwriter first and a singer second should pop this CD into their stereo and repent. Her voice is soothing where it suits the song, and a tactical weapon of cataclysmic proportions at all other times.

The premise of such a large voice bellowing out of such a delicate frame beckons comparisons to Edith Piaf. The difference is that Patty's voice is more versatile. She can sing honky-tonk with a swagger (Loves Throws a Line), blues like a hip-cat (Standing), and the meloncholy ballad like nobody's business. "Cold as It Gets" might be her darkest song on record, and when she sings about a "wind that blows as cold as it gets/blew out the light in my soul," she leaves no room for doubt that the candle's out. I heard Patty sing "Top of the World" on public television back in 2000. I wondered why this incredible song hadn't made its way onto an album, and was quite surprised to see it on a Dixie Chicks album. It's a fine cover, but I was pleased to see Patty reclaim this song here. Her performance is superior because of its heightened emotionally intensity.

This album is only slightly blemished by some questionable mixing. Her vocals and the instrumentals are not always properly balanced. The instrumental lead-in on some songs was scarcely perceptible, prompting me to turn up the dial only to risk detonating my speakers once she actually started to sing.

With this album, she has achieved a perfect 5-0 record. There are few artists whose albums can be purchased without the slightest trepidation. Patty is one of the few.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Antidote for the Musical Blahs May 31, 2004
Format:Audio CD
For those like myself who find Norah Jones' music bland, here is an alternative. Patty Griffin sings as though her life depends on it, and perhaps ours too. These songs contain memorable melodies and penetrating, at times mysterious lyrics, and it's one of those albums where there's no filler. I get goose bumps from certain music, when a combination of melody and voice somehow transforms what I'm hearing into more than "just music". It doesn't happen often. The classical composer Gustav Mahler is good at giving me goosebumps. Likewise, I get goosebumps in several places on this album. Mahler and Patty Griffin have almost nothing in common musically, but listening to both I feel as though they put me in direct touch with something beautiful, unsettling, and deep.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music at it's finest! January 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Impossible Dream is hands down one of my most favorite albums in the last decade. I have been a Patty fan pretty much from the beginning of her career and I adore and love every album she has made, but "Impossible Dream" is a full masterpiece. There is not one song that doesn't stand out in some way for me. Everything about this album, down to the artwork is just breathtaking.

Love Throw A Line - This song is the perfect choice to start the album with. It gives me that feeling of being in the old south, either sitting in a little white church gettin down, having a grand old time with a gospel choir or in a little hole in the wall blues bar, that only you have somehow magically discovered. It's a fun song that makes you want to close your eyes and just imagine that you are actually there experiencing the beautiful rhythms and energy in this song.

Cold As It Gets - In this song Patty's voice blasts out at you with hauntingly beautiful lyrics. Again, it feels like you are being taken back in time somewhere. It's as if you can actually feel the words as she singing them.

Kite Song - This song is like a dream. You can actually feel and see yourself running through the fields in the hills flying a Kite with someone you hold very close to you. Makes you think of how simple and beautiful everything really is. The piano is so gorgeous in this song, you can't help but get misty-eyed with every listen.

Standing - In this song, Patty really shines. Her voice is just brilliant. You wonder to yourself how a small little red-haired white woman can possibly have so much soul. The song builds and builds and then goes back down to a slow bluesy hum and ends just as powerful as it starts.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful album, another must for fans August 15, 2004
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I have all of Patty's album, including a single from her never-released one, and I find Impossible Dream to be generally captivating, if not consistently wonderful. She starts off with "Love Throw a Line," a gospel-flavored, hand-clapping, foot-stomping song. It has a different feel than the rest of the album, which is filled with folky ballads, intimate story songs. It works. "Standing," another gospel-influenced song, doesn't work so well for me, not because I don't like the song (I do), but because its sound is somewhat jarring compared to the songs it follows. But I can't think of anywhere else I would have put it where it would have worked better. It might also depend on my mood because sometimes I don't find it disturbing at all. This song and "Top of the World" were originally supposed to be on the never-released Silver Bells album.

The thing I find most jarring about the album is the clip of Patty's parents singing "Impossible Dream" smack in the middle of the record. It breaks up the flow. And the flow of this album is so important and so beautiful. It's like a river carrying us along, allowing us to look into the windows of the houses we pass and peek into people's lives.

That's not to say the songs sound alike. Like any river there are twists and turns, and the current is faster in some places than in others. The sunny-sounding "Useless Desires" follows the melancholy church sound of "Standing." "Top of the World" is a standout with a darker sound. It's followed by "Rowing Song" which has the feel of a round to it and wonderful horns.

The highlight for me is "When It Don't Come Easy," which is heartbreakingly beautiful lyrically and sonically. I have to admit the last 3 songs kind of fade into each other for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE Patty Griffin
First heard her haunting voice on the TV program NCIS-it was a rerun and they were at a funeral. Where do you look for music you hear and have no clue who it is that is singing? Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Falbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I discovered Patty from a Chevy commercial where she sings O Heavenly Day. She is simply amazing, and this album is terrific.
Published 4 months ago by kevin f hiemel
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to better
Impossible dream, impossible to have dreamt a prettiest musical dream, compassion, gratefulness, blues, gospel, folk, beauty, superb beauty.
Incredible poetic lyrics. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gabriel Borén Iglesias
5.0 out of 5 stars What a talented girl!
I had this album several years ago, but it was lost in a move. I am so happy to have it back. It does not disappoint, & certainly it is one of her best. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lea
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This was the first Patty Griffin album I purchased maybe five years ago. At the time I had only heard a couple of her songs on NPR. I was completely taken on the first listen. Read more
Published on July 8, 2011 by Bob Pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars Personal and smooth
I think part of the reason I didn't automatically love Impossible Dream is that I was comparing it too much to 1000 Kisses. That wasn't fair to either album. Read more
Published on April 20, 2011 by Lori A. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm So Lucky To Have This One
I work for a big book chain that also carries music, and the version of this album I own is the in-store-play version, which has six extra tracks, several of them live. Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This album is absolutely divine. Patty Griffin sings like an angel and her song writing skills are exquisite. Read more
Published on July 12, 2009 by Monica Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Patty Griffin - Impossible Dream
Anything by Patty Griffin is great! She is one of the best singer songwriters in my opinion.
Published on July 18, 2008 by D. EVELAND
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best singer song writers
I think Patty Griffin has incredible talent writing words and music. Of her CDs with which I am acquainted, I would place this one third after Living with Ghosts and 1000 Kisses.
Published on July 9, 2008 by Wilson Palmer
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