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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B000J3FDPK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nobody Wants To Go To The Moon Anymore
2. Sweet Little One
3. Don't Know Why
4. Teddy Boys
5. Losing You
6. Too Much To Lose
7. The More That I'm Around You
8. Sweet Sundown
9. Success
10. Stone's Throw Away
11. I Must Be Lucky
12. Translated From Love

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Kelly Willis returns after five years with the much-anticipated Translated From Love. Produced by long-time collaborator Chuck Prophet, Translated From Love is Willis' most sonically adventurous album to date. Prophet says of Willis, "She's one of those singers who can make a track come alive. She's got that kind of charisma."

Translated From Love gives nods to five decades of rock, pop and country with `60s girl group drum sounds one minute and strings-drenched C&W angst the next. Its 12 tracks are comprised of originals, intriguing and unexpected covers (including a vintage Vox organ-fueled take on Iggy Pop's "Success" and Adam Green's retro-cool "Teddy Boys") plus collaborations with Prophet, acclaimed singer-songwriter Jules Shear and Kelly's husband, ace country songwriter Bruce Robison.

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With her vocal twang and timbre, Kelly Willis will never sound anything but country. Even so, she's long been adventurous in her choice of material, and her first release in five years is her most expansive to date, as collaborations with producer/guitarist Chuck Prophet and songwriter Jules Shear (who also provides backing vocals) bring a freshness to her signature style. Half of these cuts could have fit on a previous Willis album; the other half wouldn't have fit on any of them--yet somehow they all fit together. The biggest surprise is a cover of Iggy Pop's "Success," with an arrangement that channels the Sir Douglas Quintet's Vox keyboards (with the Gourds contributing to the call-and-response). Other twists include the propulsive pop lilt of "Nobody Wants to Go to the Moon Anymore," the touch of Phil Spector girl-group grandeur in "Don't Know Why," the Chuck Berry guitar and gender reversal of "Teddy Boys," and the hint of Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" in "The More That I'm Around You." With results that transcend category, Willis sounds like an artist renewed. --Don McLeese

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Her voice is so sweet!
Valerie D. Smasal
I've enjoyed everything Kelly has done, especially her uptempo songs.
J. Wilson
I liked her show and bought a signed CD.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By V. F. Golubic on July 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Had a chance to see Kelly and band play recently at a the Granada Theater in Dallas. It had been years since I last saw her in concert. Very memorable concert. Her voice really shines through on this new album and in a live concert it's a spectacularly refreshing alternative country sound, not something you'de expect from today's typical country bands that all start to sound the same after a while. Her husband Bruce Robison has written songs for George Strait.

If you get a chance to see her in a live concert, don't miss the opportunity to hear one of Texas' finest as she plays songs from this new album, which grow on you after just one playing. Go Kelly! Welcome back and keep up the song writing and singing:-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Ghost of Sandy Denny on July 29, 2007
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For me Kelly Willis sits comfortably next to other alternative country queens Lucinda Williams, Alison Krauss and Kasey Chambers. Like the others, her voice has that unique quality that can tear your heart out.

Translated From Love is a first class from start to finish, with a great mix of ballads and uptempo songs. For me, only the David Bowie/Iggy Pop song, Success, falls marginally short of the mark. My biggest problem with the album is that it took so long for Kelly to follow up her 2002 gem, Easy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. C Kratzer on July 11, 2007
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Once again Kelly draws you in with her stunning vocals. She has mastered the ability to surround herself with extreme talent as well in writers and musicians. This CD is better than Easy but not quite as good as What I Deserve. My personal favorite is Don't Know Why and there are several very good tunes her. Maybe one or two duds but her duds are still better than the garbage Nashville puts out. She is a class act.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By desmoinesmusiclover on July 10, 2007
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Kelly Willis will never see much air play, as long as she continues to be herself. Her Austin based sound gets categorized as alt.country, which actually means her style is more country than CMT allows. I have loved her music and have missed her these last few years.

This album explores an expanded vision of her style - straying from the barriers of "alt.country' without ever leaving herself or her roots behind.

If you don't know Kelly Willis and hope you might be getting more of Nashville samo samo, stay away. If country swing is your thing, you probably already know her. For you, this is a must have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terri Givens on August 23, 2007
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this is a fabulous album. I really liked Teddy Boys, and some of the other more rockabilly-type songs
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hogan Ottosson on August 23, 2007
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I am probably not the best person to review anything by Kelly Willis. She could sing a tim mcgraw song and I would love it. She can do no wrong with that beautiful voice. I saw her recently at the Cats Cradle in NC and she blew me away. My only complaint was she only played 90 minutes. This cd rocks a little more than her last one. All tracks are good, with Teddy Boys being my personal favorite.

Kelly Willis is a treasure, I would recommend this to anybody that enjoys good country music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harold M. Babin on July 16, 2007
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Kelly Willis is a great singer from the Austin area. This album is very good and easily expands her range into all aspects of the country genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Batty on December 29, 2007
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This was not a good year for country music, filled as it was with the usual lackluster fare on the mainstream and very littl on the alt-country side to make up for it. This pretty June release marks one bright and shining gem in a sea of dross. There is nothing unexpected about the shining beauty and honey warmth of Kelly's vocals, but she brings them forth in new and remarkable ways, growling with grown up sexuality on Teddy Boys and spitting with angst and rage on Too Much To Loose. The grown up quality of Kelly's vocal nuances really sets this album apart. There is a knowledge of the feelings and experiences behind songs like Translated From Love and Nobody Wants to Go To the Moon that show more than the loud/happy-soft/sad modulation of her mainstream peers. In Kelly's hands Sucess becomes something more than an anthem, something similar too, but more than, tongue in cheek. Sweet Sundown reflects both the joy and the sorrow of remembering a lost summer fling. All told thsi is a strong collection of songs from a woman who made an even stronger case for herself as the reigning queen of alt-country.
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