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Album Review

Kim Richey had managed some success on the Nashville songwriting scene by the time she released her eponymous debut in 1995. With it, Richey proved that she had the goods as a performer and musician, as well. Featuring some of Nashville's best studio musicians and most talented pop misfits, Kim Richey is a sterling delight. It would be easy to compare her to fellow folk-tinged artists like Shawn Colvin, but there's also more than a dose of Springsteen and Hiatt on here, too. Lyrically, Richey knows her way around a clever turn of phrase, as she explores the more unpleasant results of relationships. But she is no woman broken: Just check out the resilience on the gorgeous "You'll Never Know" or the unbridled optimism of new-found love on "Good." She also possesses a deliriously angelic voice, which is given plenty of room to roam on the hushed ballad "Let the Sun Fall Down." A stunning debut by a gifted artist.

Customer Reviews

Kim Richey

To me, she defies categorization but I would say this debut album shows an independent style that is a very listenable blend of country and pop, and some rock licks thrown in. When you listen to her, you get the feeling that she is saying, "I'll do the kind of music that I want to do, and I hope you like it!" A vastly listenable album this is, and I doubt pathetic FM radio ever gave it much air play. Her lyrics make you think a little, too, but the music gets you there. You'll play this entire album over and over. And I hope you like it, too!

A Great Work

First, I'll start off and say that I'm a Rock guy. That said - this CD is fabulous! There is not a weak song on this CD. I've owned it for years and am always glad to her it when it comes up in the CD rotation. Beautiful guitar work, nice voice, and heartbreaking lyrics. Check out "Just Like the Moon" and "That's exactly what I mean." Highly recommended.

One of the top 10 county albums!

A great singer and an even better song writer, whose songs you'll recognize covered by various country artists, including Patty Loveless. Every song on this album is a should-have-been hit, and it is too bad that she did not achieve more celebrity off this album. If you haven't heard this album, you need to!


Born: December 1, 1956 in Dayton, OH

Genre: Country

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

Ohio might not seem like a hotbed of music, but when you have an aunt who owns a record shop, you've certainly got a leg up. That's how Kim Richey got hooked on what would become her chosen path -- digging through bins of 45s and listening to everything she could, from Janis Joplin to the Lovin' Spoonful. She started playing guitar in high school, but didn't rack up much stage time until college. That was when she started a band and sang a lot of harmony. After college, she did a lot of moving, to...
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