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Little Victories

September 11, 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Label: Drifters Church Productions
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Drifters Church Productions
  • Total Length: 44:47
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B008X77K8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,507 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Chris has a great voice and he know how to write songs.
sangail
When times get hard, there is a certain resignation to celebrate even mundane accomplishments like making it to the store to buy junk food.
Scott O
It has been a long time since I listened to an album where each song made me so eager to hear the next one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott O on September 16, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Chris Knight, the patron songwriter of hard luck, uses this long-awaited release to focus on the brisk realities of a lethargic economy. Its lyrics contain heavy doses of skepticism about humanity and trust in guns over government: the only one who can actually help you is yourself. However, his pessimistic tone belies a sense of comfort in knowing that self-reliance coupled with ironclad inner strength will overcome even the direst of circumstances. Nothing is sugar-coated here; the rugged emotion in his lyrical delivery pulls you in and doesn't let you go until you have been on quite a ride.

The star cuts include the title track, "Little Victories," which features John Prine, one of Knight's primary songwriting influences. When times get hard, there is a certain resignation to celebrate even mundane accomplishments like making it to the store to buy junk food.

"Nothing On Me" may be the best song on the album. It is an anthem of unyielding bullheadedness in the face of adversity featuring the tagline, "Times are tough, but they ain't got nothing on me." He colorfully brings to life a three-legged dog that picks fights with bears as an allegory of the never-give-up spirit that defines so much of the America you don't see on TV. "Out Of This Hole" mirrors that spirit and adds a contrite decision to overcome poor life choices.

He polishes "Hard Edges" from his Trailer Tapes release with some instrumentation. It inserts itself seamlessly into the theme of this album, but the rawness of the original is hard to beat.

Chris Knight thrives as a singer-songwriter because his lyrics and their delivery are as authentic as it gets; you are convinced the characters he depicts in his songs are actually singing them. In other words, you believe him. That is the hardest thing for a songwriter to do and it is what separates a great songwriter from a good one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Kesler on October 16, 2012
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Chris Knight has never been a man who's done much talkin', and to that end, on this his first release in nearly four years, he continues to let his music do the talking. Good alternative country music is as much about a believable attitude as it is the heartfelt notes, and if it doesn't cause a buzzing in your ears, and an itching at the bottoms of your pockets, then it ain't the real deal. Little Victories is nearly prophetic, it's filled with enigmatic truths, rural sensibilities, and visionary road weary enlightenments ... picking up right where Springsteen left off on Nebraska. Though it wouldn't take much to convince me that perhaps Bruce was channeling something he hadn't actually heard yet, because there's no way music with this much power and dirt road honestly can conform to the physical laws or space and time.

Knight's perfected his own organic approach to music, following in the footsteps of his legends, John Prine, Lucinal Williams, and Steve Earle, recording this outing, except for a couple of overdubs, completely live ... and to my way of thinking, laying it all on the line is the only way to capture an honest spirit, and breath life into a series of chords laced together by lyrics that conjure hidden magic. Little Victories isn't about the usual country fluff, Little Victories is both a step back and a step forward, delivering urgent social commentary through songs with stance and character.

Review by Jenell Kesler
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G W on June 8, 2013
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Gets better each listen. Chris Knight cannot really be classified and, thankfully, does not appear to worry about what the latest fad might be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Gadget on September 14, 2012
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Another Chris Knight CD!! I didn't even know a new one was coming out and when I was just now browsing the MP3 store on my phone, I saw this and thought, can it be?? I have all his CDs and each one is just as heartfelt. Love all his music and I immediately bought this one without even listening to it. I really have to like an artist to do that. Yay! Now I'll have some new music to listen to at work tonight!

UPDATE 9/18/12 Ok, so I've listened to this album about five times since I bought it and I have a few stand-out favorites:

Hard Edges is like Hard Candy and I think it could be a good part 2 sort of follow up song, but it's equally good all by itself.
Missing You - well, that's just powerful stuff - listen to this when you're really missing someone who never cared as much for you and you'll understand.
In The Meantime - makes me think of House and 90 Acres with it's hard scrabble lyrics about just getting by and holding to your principles even if it means losing everything.
Nothing on Me - says, plain and simple, you don't know what I've been through to keep on keepin' on.

All I can is say is that this man must've done some livin' to write music like this. Nothing about his music is contrived or scripted, at least IMHO. I hope he keeps true to his style. Sure would be a disappointment to see this kind of originality go down the crapper.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RICHARD A. SEINFELD on October 22, 2012
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It's hard to believe it's almost 15 years since Chris' debut lp came out on Decca. He is actually the last new artist I've gotten excited about and I always look forward to his new recordings. Nothing is as great as that first cd (producer Frank Liddell has gone on to mega success with Miranda Lambert)but I really thought Chris gave all he got on that first cd and he'd be fading out. 14 years and about 9 cds later I love 'Little Victories.' All eleven songs aren't stellar but most are. I keep playing the first four cuts over again and they are certainly worth the cd price. Buddy Miller plays on the first two cuts and the guitar work particularly on "Missing You' is just equisite. I am hoping there will be more collaboration between the two and more participation of Knight in Americana Music Assn. activities because every year I find less music that gets me excited like this cd does.
John Prine also joins on another song.
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