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Room To Grow

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Adrienne Young has delved deep into the collective soul to find inspiration for her new cd, 'Room To Grow'. True to her post-modern blending of country, folk, pop and bluegrass woven throughout her first two cds, this sustainable agriculture champion dons modern spectacles through which to view timeless questions, choosing traditional instruments to communicate her contemporary compositions, joining forces with uber rockers Mike Gordon and Will Kimbrough, among others.

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Adrienne Young has the banjo skills to make a bluegrass disc with the best of them. But on her third album, she largely trades in the string-band sound that characterized her previous efforts for a more straightforward folk-pop approach. As the lead track proclaims, this is "All for Good," and Room to Grow turns out to be a confidently self-produced work of both personal and artistic maturity. On first listen, Young's opener might seem to be a page out of Candide, with its refrain "all that is here is for good." But the song's lyric "struggle is perfect" is a clue to Young's larger themes. Besides that of nature, most purely celebrated here by "River and a Dirt Road," the album gives an inescapable feeling, not exactly of hope or optimism, but of sweet surrender: surrender not to defeat but to the idea of fully living one's life by "relinquishing control," as Young sings in "Giving Up the Fight," and concentrating on the here and now. "All this worryin' about what's to come/Don't amount to nothin' when it's said and done," says Young in "In Between the Heartbeats," and "It's a flyin' leap from birth to death/Gotta treat each moment like a special guest." And though "we all outgrow the skin we're in," as she sings on the title track--along with "All for Good," the high point of a record that should bring Young the acclaim she richly deserves--"we can weave, we can mend/Stitch by stitch, row by row/Making sure there's room enough to grow." One does wish she and her cowriters (longtime collaborator Will Kimbrough and Mark D. Sanders--who penned, among other country #1s, Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance") had included two more originals in favor of otherwise admirable Joni Mitchell and Dusty Owens covers, as they are obviously self-sufficient. But that doesn't diminish the force of this resounding, album-length carpe diem. --Benjamin Lukoff

NOTE: The Save a Seed Fund has been "founded by Adrienne Young and AddieBelle Music, in conjunction with the American Community Garden Association, to promote continued efforts to preserve all aspects of our collective heritage. AddieBelle Music will donate a portion of the proceeds from each copy of Room to Grow sold to a seed fund which will provide non-genetically modified seeds and support for urban and community gardens throughout the United States and Canada."
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2016)
  • Original Release Date: April 1, 2016
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: VIRTUAL LABEL GROUP
  • ASIN: B000P46QBI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Scott E. Smith on May 25, 2007
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While Room To Grow has much in common with Adrienne Young's earlier CDs, is a much more polished and mature effort than its predecessors. This is clearly the work of a more seasoned professional, somebody who's serious about what she's doing, somebody who's ready to play in the big leagues. The whole project, the songwriting, the performances, and the production, absolutely shine.

These songs carry the positive messages Adrienne's fans would expect, but they're tempered by an understanding that the world can and often does crush our best efforts. This acknowledgement of the struggle between good & bad, light & dark, runs throughout the album, but nowhere is that duality presented better than in the opening track, "All For Good." Where the previous CD opened with the rollicking and anthemic declaration, "Gonna start a revolution, made of action not of words," this one begins with sparse instrumentation, an almost autumnal melody, and world-weary resignation: "It's just one more day out of my life gone for good... I keep turning over in my mind, did I get it right?" It's the self-doubt of the traveler who has devoted enormous energies to making a positive impact during life's pilgrimage, but inevitably must confront the possibility that it wasn't enough, or worse still that it's all been for naught. But then out of the darkness comes a beam of light, a joyous and hopeful chorus made all the more beautiful by the contrast, justifying the effort and resolve required to forge on. The realization that "all that is here is for good" makes for an even more powerful anthem than the one that opened the last record.

Even the up-tempo, happy numbers, like the title track, are made more potent by at least a passing nod (or is it a wink?) to life's downside.
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I had never heard of her prior to attending the Appel Farm Art & Music Festival on June 2, 2007. She was one of the performers at the festival. I immediately took a liking to her music. I purchased this CD at the festival and have listened to it countless times without getting tired of it. Their isn't a song on the CD I don't enjoy listening to over and over again. She puts much feeling into her music. The added plus is to see a musician with a social conscious, unlike some of the canned music coming out the music industry these days, with her Save A Seed Fund. Looking forward to seeing her play next week at Longwood Gardens!
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On June 14, 2007 two of us caught her show at Longwood Gardens in PA. All I can say is this was a treat for the ears and down right FUN. I loved everything she played and you could she that she really enjoyed what she is doing. You could feel her spirit in every song! She got so into it that after about 55 solid minutes of song she was surprised to learn that she was running out of time. All of the artist were GREAT! This was my fist exposure to Bluegrass and it won't be my last. Adrienne all we can say is YOU GO GIRL...you ROCK!
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Love this voice! Ms. Young's third album is just wonderful. There's no hint of sitting back on laurels or running out of creative juices. The music here is easily worthy of a first album.

When I first heard Adrienne Young on Public Radio a few years ago I mentally labelled her as a folksinger. Then, after listening to the entire first album, "Plow to the End of the Row", I decided she was "country". Well now, after listening to her for four or five years and through two more albums, I've given up trying to categorize her to tightly. She's just a pleasure to listen to

Bottom line: If you like Alison Kraus you'll LOVE Addie! Her quick bouncy tunes get both your feet tapping. Her wonderful voice holds up in the ballads.
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She really has lived up to her first 2 outstanding albums. A fantastic singer, and great musicians backing her up. Excellent songs, what else do you want? Bluegrass-Folk, Country-Pop, Alt-Country, it's tough to pin her exact style down, but there's some banjo and fiddle and things in there.

In Between The Heartbeats - song of the year contender, and 'Room to Grow', 'How is this World Better Now', 'Dark Around the Moon' aren't far behind. In my mind the weakest song is the Joni Mitchell cover 'Free Man In Paris'. I like Allison Krauss, but this album should be receiving the praise of Allison Krauss in the media, and Allison Krauss should listen to this for some ideas on how a great album is made.

I've seen Adrienne a few times in concert and I highly recommend seeing her live too!!!
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Adrienne Young has great energy, and a young family. I assume that's why she appears so infrequently.
Too bad. She has great, driving energy. I hope she tours soon - and heads toward New York and New England.
- GWC
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