Children Running Through [B&N Exclusive Version]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On "I Don't Ever Give Up," 10 songs into Patty Griffin's remarkable new album, Children Running Through, this gifted, insightful writer wails a defiant theme: "I'm no fighter / But I'm fighting / This ol' world seems uninviting / But I don't give up / No, I don't ever give up / Fall down sometimes / Sometimes I come back flying / Love isn't here / Love isn't here / But it's somewhere." The fight, the folly, the fury, and the frailty of love are meticulously delineated in 14 fully realized songs. For starters, this is the most complex vocalizing Griffin has yet delivered on record; she's as woozy as Rickie Lee Jones, as spiteful as Dylan, as vulnerable as, well, Patty ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On "I Don't Ever Give Up," 10 songs into Patty Griffin's remarkable new album, Children Running Through, this gifted, insightful writer wails a defiant theme: "I'm no fighter / But I'm fighting / This ol' world seems uninviting / But I don't give up / No, I don't ever give up / Fall down sometimes / Sometimes I come back flying / Love isn't here / Love isn't here / But it's somewhere." The fight, the folly, the fury, and the frailty of love are meticulously delineated in 14 fully realized songs. For starters, this is the most complex vocalizing Griffin has yet delivered on record; she's as woozy as Rickie Lee Jones, as spiteful as Dylan, as vulnerable as, well, Patty Griffin. The arrangements, too, are uniformly arresting: piano-bar jazz in "You'll Remember"; rustic, spare country summoned by lightly strummed acoustic guitar, minimalist pedal steel winks, and thumping acoustic bass at the outset of the winsome "Trapeze," in which Griffin's whispery voice finds soaring harmony with that of Emmylou Harris; a driving, full-on rock 'n' roll attack on the Dylan-ish howl "Getting Ready"; and a blistering, Irish-tinged burner, "No Bad News," punctuated by majestic mariachi horns(!). Of course, Griffin being Griffin, the lyrical flights are by turns poignant and pungent. This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition features two songs unavailable elsewhere: "Free," a brusque, acoustic guitar-and-brush drums-driven musing that celebrates wanderlust even as it expresses a longing for a place of one's own, and the atmospheric meditation "Up or Down," a moving reflection on life's journey -- here, Griffin takes the measure of her time in a voice by turns assertive and weary, with a close-miked piano and a distant, muted trumpet evocatively shadowing her roller-coaster emotions. Children Running Through might be called a career album, but the apt superlative here is "great." With all her gifts in full flower, Patty Griffin has created something timeless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882157623
  • Catalog Number: 21576

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You'll Remember (2:09)
  2. 2 Stay on the Ride (5:19)
  3. 3 Trapeze (4:25)
  4. 4 Getting Ready (3:17)
  5. 5 Burgundy Shoes (3:28)
  6. 6 Heavenly Day (3:47)
  7. 7 No Bad News (4:04)
  8. 8 Railroad Wings (4:01)
  9. 9 Up to the Mountain (MLK Song) (4:10)
  10. 10 I Don't Ever Give Up (4:02)
  11. 11 Someone Else's Tomorrow (4:08)
  12. 12 Crying Over (4:39)
  13. 13 Free (4:12)
  14. 14 Up or Down (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patty Griffin Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Patty Griffin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Phenominal artist, every one of her albums is is absolutely amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diversity and Continuity Inter-twined

    It is rare to have so much diversity and yet smooth transition and continuity on one album. If you love Nora Jones, Eva Cassidy, Cathie Ryan, Karen Casey, Lisa Hannigan, Emmylou Harris, or Sheryl Crow, you'll find elements of each in the styles painted into this canvas. Patty Griffin can't be labeled as any single music style, but she has a gift to create what MUSIC is supposed to sound like. Rich, Warm, Soothing but never boring or monotonous, like the warm calm you don't appreciate unless you ride out the storm! I love "HEAVENLY DAY"! Patty Griffin is equally talented as singer and song-writer. Outstanding Album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Album

    by one of our greatest living singer-songwriters today. It may take a few spins for the greatness of this album to sink in but it will stay with you for a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best album Cheryl Crow never made.

    And I mean that in the best way possible. S.C. would kill to make an album as alternately warm and powerful. When Griffin is on a soft ballad her voice wraps you up like a blanket, and when she fires on all cylinders its like a freight train charging down the track.

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