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Children Running Through

Patty Griffin

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While every Patty Griffin album features a variety of styles and approaches, it's the stark, eerie ballads that never fail to entrance and hypnotize. Children Running Through is no exception. "Stay On the Ride," "Getting Ready" and "No Bad News" are the uptempo cowboy boot kickers and they're tight and exciting, but the moments that truly draw attention are the great quiet spaces where Griffin's voice is given full stage. The album's opener "You'll Remember" begins things with a cathedral-like echo, as a stand-up bass stalks her every move. "Trapeze," a duet with Emmylou Harris, gently observes the dark human side that savors the failure of others. Her version of "Up to the Mountain (MLK song)," a track covered by Solomon Burke on his Nashville collection with Griffin providing back-ups, is included here and proves she's got the gospel pipes to deliver. String arranger and conductor John Mark Palmer effectively shades these songs with touches of cello, violin and viola, creating a cinematic tension to Griffin's quick portrait of a childhood bus ride to Bangor ("Burgundy Shoes") and the self-motivating anthem "I Don't Ever Give Up."

Customer Reviews

Heavenly Day

It amazes me that more people don't know about Patty Griffin. Well, their loss. This stands up with anything she's done before. In some ways, it's a more accessible collection ... although I'm not sure I even know myself what I mean by that. Certain songs take you the moment you hear them, others work their way under the skin until a few days later you realize you're humming them because you can't get them out of your head. Perhaps one of the aspects I like most is while it's still much in the vein of other Patty Griffin collections this one also has a bit more light in it - though not without sacrificing the dark. Speaking of light, if hearing Heavenly Day followed by No Bad News doesn't make you feel better about getting out of bed in the morning, you need more help than good music can provide. And then there's Trapeze ... and Railroad Wings ... and Crying Over ... and... I simply can't imagine anyone who loves great songwriting and great singing and great arrangements not loving Children Running Through.

Picasso! called it....

Yep, I'm calling this album one of the best to come out of the roots genre. It is what I like to call a "genre defining album". Once people get their heads out of the sand, grow up, and get past the empty meaninglessness of overproduced bubblegum pop and the one-night-stand nature of a lot of country music... ...basically, once Griffin is "discovered" by the masses, this album will go down in history. It will do for roots/folk what Marley's Exodus album did for reggae. Count on it.


Born: March 16, 1964 in Old Town, ME

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The youngest of seven children, Patty Griffin grew up hearing her mother sing while doing housework and her grandmother's family sing on the front porch at night. In addition to listening intently to the Beatles, Griffin was fascinated by the music of Bruce Springsteen and Rickie Lee Jones. Although she acquired a $50 guitar and began writing songs at the age of 16, Griffin gave little thought to a career as a musician. After living in Florida for nearly two years, she moved to Boston and married,...
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