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Impossible Dream

Patty Griffin

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It took a broken marriage for Patty Griffin to seriously consider a life as a professional singer/songwriter, and it's in the dark moments of the soul that her strongest, most affecting work has sprung. Better known by other performers' covers of her songs—sung by Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others—Griffin has no problem delivering her own goods. Impossible Dream is the Boston-based artist's fourth solo album, and it contains some of her most devastating songs to date. "Useless Desires" works off reflective disappointment, where the lonely woman in question shuttles herself to work by train and self-meditates with pills that "help me not to wonder how I ended up like this." "Florida" follows two young women trying to escape their dead-end lives, only to settle in a resort area where everyone leaves at the end of the summer season. In these moments, Griffin finds empathy and a beauty that sparkles as her voice takes the desperate situations and make them seem heroic—if only for a few fleeting minutes of pleasure.

Customer Reviews

Love it

Found this through stumbling upon Cold as it Gets on Pandora. After hearing it the second time I wondered why I hadn't bought it yet. So I bought the whole album and it was worth every penny. Great songs, wonderfoul voice, beautiful music.


Wonderfully written music. Beautifully performed. No better writer of songs today. Also check out Moon Song.


This album is packed with great songs. Top of the World, Florida, Mother of God, Cold as it gets, Standing are some of my favorites.


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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