Lifted Off The Ground [CD/DVD Combo] Limited Edition
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"Lifted Off The Ground"
Five years ago, singer Chely Wright left the confines of the Top 40 country scene for a more stripped-down sound on an indie label; she goes further on that journey here, a moody, soulful, deeply personal album in which Wright comes out of the closet and, doubtless, burns her last bridge with the socially conservative Nashville establishment. But while she closes one door, she opens others, courting a folkier, more diverse audience and delivering a powerful album that should attract and satisfy these new fans.
Certainly, with the anguish and honesty of this emotionally raw batch of songs, she's a million miles away from the calculated, prefab "earthiness" of today's commercial country scene, entering into the confessional folk-pop terrain pioneered by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash and others. The first sign that this album takes a new direction if the half-giddy, half-morbid suicide novelty song, "Notes To The Coroner," catchy and clever, but a bit disturbing as well. It's soon followed by the album's masterpiece, the mournful, acoustic "Like Me," which is a brilliantly written, utterly aching ballad addressed to a woman that Wright has fallen in love with, but can never attain, because while she wants to come out of the closet, her lover cannot. The rest of the album is mostly an echo of that searing, painful blast -- more regret, anger, recriminations, sorrow. She swears on a couple of tunes (which will probably help this album gain some notoriety) but the words sound natural, an affirmation of her intensity, not a mere gimmick. This album is clearly a work of self-therapy, but not entirely one of self-indulgence...Read more ›
It happened to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shelby Lynne, Ronna Reeves, k d lang and host of many others. After being released from their major label contracts where many of these artists felt artistically contrived, their subsequent records become reactionary to their back catologs. Symptomatically these subsequently records become completely or mostly self-composed, they are quick to abandon strong melodic structures for tuneless sonic indulgences, and they depart stylistically from the Nashville formula. Strangely, the results have worked wonders for some carving for them a whole new niche (with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shelby Lynne and kd lang being perfect examples). While for others, they have been meet with nothing but with oblivion (Ronna Reeves being the tragic example). With her last top 40 country hit "Back of the Bottom Drawer" being more than 6 years ago, Chely Wright has passed her prime as far as the country charts are concerned. By moving away from commercial country seems the logical choice. In fact based on the initial buzz "Lifted Off the Ground" ought to work well for Wright in spreading out her wings to encompass a larger audience than her initial country crowd. Nevertheless, what prevents Wright from sliding into becoming one of those anonymous coffee house singers is that Wright has not completely abandon her jut towards songs with memorable hooks.
Written while she was in a crucible of personal depression, many of these entries reflect her frustrations with her life, sexuality, failures and her thorny relationship with her mother. Easily the first half of the CD is the stronger of the two.Read more ›
It's misleading (and slightly irritating) that amazon has "explicit" stamped across each song - "Damn Liar" and "Object of Your Rejection" are the only songs that could even qualify for that category.
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This music does come from a difficult place in a persons life. You may or may not agree with her personal choices or life style. Read morePublished 20 months ago by 2bisuitmoney
Back in the day, I passed Chely's music as being too "commercial country" preferring Emmylou Harris & Mary Chapin Carpenter. Read morePublished 22 months ago by ZCCH - Sonoma, CA
I like the CD. IT is fun to listen to and I can feel her emotions in her songs. I never knew who she was until I had heard that she came out. Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by Eddie H. D
I love her story. Her music, in this case, help exemplify her story. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Published on March 27, 2014 by James