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Among the most distinctive voices in modern music, Victoria again proves why she is one of America's beloved musical treasures! Tracks include "Claude" "Until the Real Thing Comes Along," "Joy of Love," "Gladys and Lucy" and many more. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]

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Early in her career, Victoria Williams showed snatches of scattershot brilliance amidst an occasionally maddening amount of clutter. But upon marrying ex-Jayhawk Mark Olson and moving to a ranch in Joshua Tree, California, the singer-songwriter's newfound serenity and sense of place blossomed into a minor masterpiece: 1998's sweeping yet intimate Musings of a Creekdipper spoke frankly of mortality and the reassurance of love, family, and faith. Water to Drink mostly melds the down-home folksiness of her Creek Dippers side project with her own expressive jazzy pop, but she isn't shy about stretching out into funk ("Junk") and even bossa nova (the title track is an Anglicized cover of Joao Gilberto's "Agua de Beber"). Love and affirmation are again overriding themes, as titles such as "You Can Be," "Joy of Love," and "A Little Bit of Love" attest. While Water to Drink is by no means a better album than its predecessor, it's more fun: Williams revels in these songs and the giddy, girlish covers of "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" and "Young at Heart." That said, the best songs here are the quirky character studies, especially "Gladys and Lucy." --Anders Smith-Lindall
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: August 15, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B00004TZC6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fifth CD from offbeat singer-songwriter may just be her best yet! While I grew to appreciate her last work, "Musings of a Creekdipper," it did not grab me as 1994's "Loose" did. With this new album, Victoria returns to her roots: writing uplifting, "feel-good" songs about salt-of-the-earth folks and assorted oddballs. She remains refreshingly down-to-earth and unpretentious. While Victoria's unconventional voice and unique arrangements may keep her off of Top 40 radio, I think "Water to Drink" will expand her fan base. My favorite songs are "Gladys and Lucy," "Grandma's Hat Pin" and "Junk." My only criticism is that I am not as crazy about Victoria's covers of standards as I am about her original compositions.
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More immediately accessible than her previous work, Musings Of A Creekdipper, but by the same token, its very accessibility keeps it from brilliance. Less risks taken = less moments of brilliance. That said, the title track, "Water To Drink", has me compulsively tapping my feet. It's far from a let-down; fans old and new won't be disappointed in purchasing this album.
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This record is wonderful and has POWER. Vic's stuff is so sophisticated and multi-layered. Its great for over and over and over listening. This morning on the way to work I had it cranked up on the cd system. It was probably about my 6th listen and suddenly I realized how completely involved I was with the music. It was taking me to another place (maybe not so good when I'm driving :)), but it is evocative, emotional and oh so together. There is a great mix of her own stuff and her OWN take on Standards. The inflection in her voice and the timeing on the Standards make them ever more memorable. She always ends each cd with an uplifting, ethereal, very spiritual number and " A Little Bit of Love" is all of that. I found myself tearing up at the power of it. But it was a good cry, the kind that makes you feel better for having had it, a cry for "A Little Bit of Love". While I love this cd, I still urge everyone to see her LIVE, she is a true improviser and her shows are full of surprises and humor and love. It doesn't hurt one bit that she is a great musician and always surrounds herself with the GREATEST. Buy this one and if you don't have them go back to "Happy Come Home" (her first) and start a collection. You won't be disappointed. Its an amazing, powerful body of work.
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This marks Victoria's triumphant return to the positive vibes and uplifiting vision of her 1994 album, "Loose." What ties these quirky, offbeat songs together is Victoria's beaming worldview. There are those who will find her high-pitched, girlish voice annoying, but if you give it a chance it will grow on you. Victoria's music is truly like nothing else out there. My favorite songs on this album are "Grandma's Hat Pin," "Gladys and Lucy," "Junk" and "Claude." The only reason I did not give this CD 5 stars is because I would have preferred to hear more of Victoria's original works in place of the 3 covers.
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this might be among my favorite albums of the year. i'm drawn to it like no other recent release; perhaps it's merely an antidote to the iommi solo album or the deftones. i first saw victoria on the "happy come home" tour. i've got all her albums since; anybody who tours with her dog is a good person in my book and worthy of support. fortunately, victoria deserves the support with unique yet addictive songs. and i think this album comes in a close second to "loose." "joy of love" is also one of her best songs. victoria -- especially her quavering, backwoods voice -- is an acquired taste. if you like folkie-pop sometimes accompanied by big string arrangements, then "water to drink" is definitely worth checking out. and please note that she never falls into the cliches of other folkie-pop people.
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Either you have a taste for Vic's wonderful and eclectic musical journeys with her distinctive delivery -- or you don't. This album has some "standards-influenced" songs amongst other catchy americana offerings. It's been enjoyed by many of my friends, and it finds its way into the playlist more often than I expected.

This is not a bad place to jump into Vic's music, if you haven't experienced much before. If you are already even a mild fan, you ought to pick it up, for sure. Also, don't forget to stop by Pappy & Harriet's to enjoy Victoria live (semi-regularly) along with a wonderful cast of talented fellow hi-desert musicians.
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