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The Spiritual Kind [Import]

Terri HendrixAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wilory Records
  • ASIN: B000SSJS70
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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1. Life's a Song
2. Bottom of a Hill
3. The Spiritual Kind
4. Pastures of Plenty
5. Acre of Land
6. What is the Color of the Soul
7. Soul of My Soul
8. Things Change
9. No Love in Texas
10. Jim Thorpe's Blues
11. If I Had a Daughter
12. Mood Swing

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Coming three years after the acclaimed The Art of Removing Wallpaper and two after her just-for-grins foray into kid's music with the whimsical (and wildly successful) Celebrate the Difference, The Spiritual Kind is a celebration of life and song that sums up Terri's myriad charms like a veritable career anthology. Some of the tracks, including Acre of Land, The Spiritual Kind and Terri's cover of Woody Guthrie s powerful Pastures of Plenty, have already proven their mettle over months of road-testing in listening rooms, theaters and festivals across the country. Others, like the incredibly catchy but socially conscious Jim Thorpe's Blues and the beautiful Soul of My Soul, are certain to join the ranks of the fan-favorites that helped secure Terri's standing as one of the most endearing independent artists throughout the contemporary folk scene. The record plays like a warm thank you to her longtime fans, and serves as the perfect introduction to listeners who have yet to experience Hendrix.

Spirituality has rarely sounded more playful than it does on this album's title song. Though the Texas troubadour's matter-of-fact whimsy keeps her message from becoming overbearing, a seriousness of purpose underscores this song cycle about the ways in which spirituality informs everyday life. As the material remains thematically focused, there's a wide range of musical styles, from the Deep Ellum bluesiness of "No Love in Texas" and the jazzy "Mood Swing" to the spoken-word "If I Had a Daughter" and the Cajun two-step of "Jim Thorpe's Blues." In addition to her original material, Hendrix finds a perfect fit for material from others, including John Hadley's singalong opener, "Life's a Song," Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl ballad "Pastures of Plenty," and Jimmy Driftwood's socially conscious "What Is the Color of the Soul." As before, her key musical collaborator remains producer/multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Maines (father of Natalie of the Dixie Chicks, whom he has also produced and accompanied), with a crack band backing Hendrix throughout. --Don McLeese

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit Moves December 24, 2007
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Hands down, my favorite album of 2007. That's coming from a longtime fan, so season it with however many grains of salt you want. But if you, too, are already a fan of Terri Hendrix, or a fan of smart, playful and impeccably played singer-songwriter/folk fare that's doesn't color inside the genre lines, "The Spiritual Kind" won't disappoint. I'd recommend it on the basis of the song "Acre of Land" alone -- it's Hendrix's best song to date. But there are several songs on this set that could claim that honor: "Bottom of the Hill," "Things Change," "Soul of My Soul" and especially "Jim Thorpe's Blues." The three cover songs ("Life's a Song," "Pastures of Plenty" and "What is the Color") are also outstanding, particularly as showcases for Hendrix and Co.'s (including producer Lloyd Maines) instrumental skills. I've returned to this album more than any other from the past year, and suspect I will for years to come. With all due respect to the rest of her catalog, this is the one I'd subtitle "The Essential Terri Hendrix," because everything she does so well that won me over from her first album 11 years ago is rendered here to perfection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars +1/2 -- Excellent folk and acoustic blues September 6, 2007
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Hendrix has been building a self-released catalog of folk-rock Americana for nearly a decade, developing herself into a quadruple threat: singer, songwriter, string picker and harmonica player. Her voice has the airy, high qualities of Deana Carter, at times verging on the fragile tones of Alison Krauss and the sing-song wisdom of Joan Osborne. She writes with an intimacy that brings to mind Matraca Berg, but more often in first-person confessions than in story or character study.

Her latest set opens with the optimistic "Life's a Song," an accounting that finds joy outscoring trouble and likening life to an ever evolving melody. Optimism is a recurring theme, with "Bottom of the Hill" singing the praises of the half-full glass, and the album's finger-picked title track reveling in the personal choices that define one's own faith. There's a jug-band looseness and a Band-like folksiness to many of these tunes, and together they produce a sort of sunny green-grass euphoria (think of Blind Melon's "bee girl" video and you'll have the mood).

Lest you think Hendrix a wide-eyed naïf, she's equally adept at digging into social issues. Her superb cover of Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty" is a blue, Dylanesque lope that sits halfway between Bob Gibson and Country Joe. She sings Guthrie's lyrics with the anger and indignation, but more as a commentator than one who is oppressed, fully contemptuous of society's marginalization of immigrant workers. There are outraged notes of Michelle Shocked or Billy Bragg in the discourse, but also some more raw-nerved anguish that brings to mind Alanis Morissette. Hendrix's harmonica grows as urgent as a locomotive as the track concludes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terri Hendrix at her melodic best January 2, 2008
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I had the pleasure of seeing Terri Hendrix in Austin a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. This cd is really a delight. The melodies are of high quality and the lyrics are all worth a second listen. As always, Terri's voice is wonderful. Most of the songs are best classified as folky, but there is more range here than on some of her cds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars she keeps me in touch with my more liberal self November 24, 2008
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I've seen her in Mansfield and Euless singing her warm, sweet, upbeat, folkish, Austinish, spiritual songs to hard-hearted rednecks like me. She's real and she's awesome and she's Texas. This is a CD I listen to over and over.
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