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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 (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,258 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

Customer Reviews

If you've never heard Patty Griffin, you can't go wrong buying this album.
W. R. Schryver
Impossible Dream is another masterpiece, an album so in tune with human emotion that it can only be described as an experience when listened to.
Bradford Wilson
Cold As It Gets - In this song Patty's voice blasts out at you with hauntingly beautiful lyrics.
N. Wojno

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Florestan on 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By aesthete27 on 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 By N. Wojno on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on September 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
i had the realization as i sat down with this album that patty griffin will probably be the best songwriter i will hear in my lifetime. she achieves this through the combination of simple lyrics and simple melodies (who would have thought this combination could earn her the status of best songwriter in the world). it's impossible to explain what it is about her. there's the voice, a voice that can laugh and cry (though it cries most of the time) and cut into you like a knife. sometimes she'll sing a phrase and i'll just break down crying. "useless desires," for instance, is a series of phrases that seared me one by one, culminating in "waiting on the train tracks, but the train never comes back ... i'm the last one hanging around." same goes for "florida" - "isn't it hard sometimes, isn't it lonely, how I still hang around here when there's nothing to hold me"(can you tell i'm feeling after college, living at home loneliness). these are the two best tracks, lyrically. the thing about patty, though, is that it doesn't matter if her lyrics are startlingly original. some people could look at "when it don't come easy" and "kite song" and say they were the most trite, cliched lyrics they've ever seen. but she sells them, she makes you love them and hold them close to your heart.

my only regret is that i was heavily exposed to "silver bell" (the unrealesed gem of an experimental record). i might have been married to that version of "top of the world," maybe because it was so different from the dixie chicks version. but this song may be the best i've ever heard: lyrically, musically. this version is one of many. virgin ears would be just as floored as i was listening to silver bell.

do i think she can do better than this record? absolutely.
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