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Album Review

A Few Small Repairs, the proper follow-up to Fat City, was recorded on the heels of Shawn Colvin's divorce. And while the album is certainly a response, she avoids the obvious clichés in dealing with the aftermath, revealing instead the complex thought processes and complete range of human emotion, from anger, sadness, confusion, yearning, and disillusionment to resolve and recovery. Colvin has always been a songwriter of note, but with A Few Small Repairs, she reaches new heights, painting hauntingly vivid images that address not only relationships but also life in general with great insight. The subject matter predictably gives a generally dark mood to the album, but musically, the results are both diverse and irresistibly catchy. A Few Small Repairs marks a reunion with former collaborator/producer John Leventhal, and the two have found a perfect blend between words, music, and tasteful, organic arrangements for Colvin's finest effort to date.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful! even the cover is awsome.

As a roaring fire consumes the dry fields in the horizon, Colvins music brands your senses and takes you in and out of emotional states giving you perspectives on love and life. You can rock out, sing along or meditate with a nice glass of Rioja. Use this album to paint scenarios in your mind and delight yourself with the work of one of the best musicians the United States has to offer the world. You will treasure this album for years, I have, and it is still a good friends of mine. Peace. Juan Pablo Cardenas

Shawn's Best Work

I've been a fan of Shawn's since "Steady On" and was blown away by "Fat City", so I had high hopes for this CD. It totally delivers and is, in my opinion, the best work she's done. If you're a fan of her more eclectic work, you probably won't like this as well because it is a very commercial offering. "Sunny Came Home" is the standout, but there are other gems, including: "Get Out of This House" with its raw energy and the shuffling "Nothin on Me". Every iPod should have a little Shawn Colvin on it and the best place to start is this CD. It's awesome!

great album

5 stars


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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