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Editors’ Notes

A GRAMMY Award®–winning artist whose intricate songwriting has also earned her the support of her fellow musicians, Shawn Colvin performs at a very high level, where the placement of a single word can alter a song's perspective. For her first studio album in six years, she's teamed up with her old friend Buddy Miller, who's become a Nashville powerhouse, at his home studio. Eight of the 11 tracks were either written or cowritten by Colvin. Friends like Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, and Alison Krauss add to the all-star team quality, but it's Bill Frisell's haunting guitar work that adds a consistent edge to these carefully sculpted tunes. "Seven Times the Charm," cowritten with Dylan and Colvin's longtime producer and collaborator John Leventhal, ends with the jarring verse "You had none of the kindness and all of the harm and seven times the charm." Considering the album was written as she was finishing up her memoir, Diamonds in the Rough, the personal quality of the tunes is surely no accident. "The Neon Light of the Saints" was written for and performed on the New Orleans–centered HBO series Treme

Customer Reviews

Love it

I'm really surprised by the reviews here. I have been a long time fan and I think this album is pretty great! To me it sounds a lot like early Colvin. It's not as sharp and shiny as few small repairs, etc. and I like that. Yeah it's mellow but I'm ok with that. There are some terrific songs on here that demonstrate her vocal and emotional range more so than her last few albums did. I'd say it's my fave since Fat City.

A great album, but a dark album..

This is a brilliantly produced and artfully performed great work of art, but not a happy pop record. I have been a Shawn Colvin fan forever...since her Carbondale IL days in the Shawn Colvin Band in the mid 70's...This record fits very nicely into the rest of her work. However, its not a party record or a pop record. A better description is a careful, slow, walk thru a lot of dark caves and dark woods...guided by the hopeful warm voice of Shawn and superb cast of musicians and Buddy Miller's production magic...It also fits nicely into the landscape when you read her new book about all the trials and mental tribulations of her life. This is very real genuine stuff, just not a pretty happy or upbeat story, but there is a ton of hopefulness in her songs and stories. Love this record!

What's missing from this album?

John Leventhal.

Biography

Born: January 10, 1956 in Vermillion, SD

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Shawn Colvin is one of the leading lights of the so-called "new folk movement" that began in the late '80s. Although she grew out of the somewhat limited "woman with a guitar" school, she kept the form fresh with a diverse approach, avoiding the genre's clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic arrangements in favor of a more personal, pop-influenced style. Colvin's debut record won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1991, but it was her 1997 single, "Sunny Came Home," that...
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