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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful...

    If Kelly Willis looked liked Faith Hill or Shania Twain (nothing against them- I love them both- and not that Kelly isn't pretty!) the popular culture would call her the uncontested Queen of country music!! Perhaps her new album will be one of the harbingers of the long-awaited death knell for the plastic, pre-fabricated contemporary pop "music" that has plagued America for far too long...If there arose a few true musicians like her in the "rock" genre, we just might see a return to the good old days when the music actually mattered...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Willis shows continued artistic growth

    Willis' second disc for Rykodisc, the first recorded expressly for the label, expands on the wealth of musical expression divulged on her previous release, "What I Deserve." This follow-up, however, trades the urgency of 1999's outpouring for a more relaxed expression. It's as if Willis realized that Rykodisc signed her for who she is, not, as her previous label (MCA) supposed, who she could be fashioned into. Ironically, the pressure of capitalizing on the success of "What I Deserve" has resulted in the most easy-going release of her career. ¶ The arrangements provide the same acoustic-dominated backing found on Willis' impressive, but short-lived, 1996 association with A&M. The sparkling acoustic guitars of "If I Left You" and exquisite banjo picking on Paul Kelly's "You Can't Take it With You" frame the fragile strength of Willis' voice perfectly, and the mandolin and dobro of "Getting To Me" show off the singer's bluesy side. Her solo writes, especially the laconic "Not What I Had in Mind," are more assured, perhaps emboldened by the responsibilities of motherhood (Willis and husband Bruce Robison's son Deral was born in January 2001). ¶ Robison's "What Did You Think" and Kirsty MacColl's "Don't Come the Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim!" display Willis' on-going mastery of emotionally complex covers, and the closing lullaby, "Reason to Believe," is flush with discovery and transformation. "What I Deserve" shook off Nashville's makeovers, "Easy" showcases Willis' ensuing artistic growth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    Kelly Willis has long been my favorite artist, and a record like ''Easy'' makes it simple for me to explain why. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful albums I've ever heard. Like Kelly's last album, the brilliant ''What I Deserve,'' ''Easy'' is a collection of lovely, touching songs full of heart and strength and emotion. Both albums are Kelly at her best. ''Easy'' picks up where ''Deserve'' left off, and it does so with impressive results. Listen to ''What Did You Think'' and ''Reason To Believe,'' and you'll be moved as much as I am. Hear ''If I Left You'' or ''Getting To Me'' or ''Wait Until Dark,'' and you'll be impressed. Not a fan of country music? No problem. Buy this album anyway. I'm not a big country fan myself, but to me Kelly transcends genre. This isn't country music like you hear on your local pop-country radio station. It's better. Never heard Kelly Willis sing? Now's the time. To me, there's no more soulful, resonant, heartbreaking voice in music. She makes thoughtful, intelligent, sophisticated music that's as touching as it is addictive. Like ''What I Deserve'' before it, ''Easy'' is destined to remain in my CD player indefinitely, at least until Kelly's next album rolls around to displace it. This album is impressive on so many levels, I can't do it justice here. Give it a listen and see for yourself just how great music can be.

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