Clock Without Hands

Clock Without Hands

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by Nanci Griffith
     
 

Texan singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith has, alongside kindred souls such as Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, ushered folk music into a new era with her thoughtful songs and sweet, often studied delivery. After revisiting the work of her favorite songwriters (on 1998's …  See more details below

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Texan singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith has, alongside kindred souls such as Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, ushered folk music into a new era with her thoughtful songs and sweet, often studied delivery. After revisiting the work of her favorite songwriters (on 1998's Other Voices, Too) and some of her own best-loved material (with '97's Blue Roses from the Moons and '99's The Dust Bowl Symphony), the Grammy-winning performer returns with a set fueled by her own new songs -- her first such effort since 1994's Flyer. The results reflect the passion Griffith poured into these tunes. The album's first single might be the soulful pop tune "Where Would I Be" (by British pop songsmith Paul Carrack), but the disc's heart lies in two Griffith originals: the title track, which poignantly expresses a state of emotional numbness, and the moving "Traveling Through This Part of You," inspired by her ex-husband's tour in Vietnam. Another similarly themed highlight is the rousing, rock-inspired "Pearl's Eye View (The Life of Dickey Chapelle)," which tells the story of Chapelle, a daring female photojournalist who exposed atrocities in Vietnam before falling victim to a land mine. Elsewhere, Griffith gets personal on "Last Song for Mother," a spare reflection on maternal love, and a romantic, string-enhanced cover of the Frank Sinatra hit "In the Wee Small Hours," one of her mom's favorites. Throughout, her band keeps the pace with lush (only occasionally glossy) arrangements that match Griffith's flower-petal-soft voice to a T.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Clock Without Hands is Nanci Griffith's first recording of original material since 1997's Blue Roses From the Moon. Clock Without Hands' catchy title track, propelled forward by steady percussion and insistent acoustic guitar, seems to get things off to a good start. The production is bright and the lyric is metaphorical. The production of "Traveling Through This Part of You," the second cut, varies greatly from the first track. In fact, the production changes from track to track and reminds one of a greatest-hits package. This song, along with "Roses on the 4th of July," also attempts to come to grips with the sacrifices that Vietnam War veterans made for their country. Two other tunes should be mentioned. On "Shaking Out the Snow" Griffith delivers an agonized vocal, and one's response to it -- that she overreaches or perfectly captures the mood -- will depend on whether one buys the tortured lyric. The album ends with a cover of -- don't even try to guess -- "In the Wee Small Hours," complete with a string arrangement. There are a number of things to like about Clock Without Hands, and the album will undoubtedly grow on listeners.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075596266024
catalogNumber:
62660
Rank:
230666

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nanci Griffith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John Stewart   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Clive Gregson   Electric Guitar
Ronn Huff   Conductor
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
James Hooker   Keyboards
Pete Kennedy   Guitar (12 String Electric),Mando-Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jennifer Kimball   Background Vocals
Doug Lancio   Electric Guitar
Pat McInerney   Percussion,Drums
John Mock   Conductor
Lee Satterfield   Background Vocals,Classical Guitar
Jim Williamson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Baritone Saxophone
Maura Kennedy   Background Vocals
Monisa Angell   Viola
String Machine   Strings
Chas Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Slide Dobro
Ann Etheridge   Background Vocals
David Angel   Violin
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson   Vocals,Classical Guitar

Technical Credits

Nanci Griffith   Producer,Liner Notes
Peter Collins   Producer
Eddie Adams   Author
John Holbrook   Engineer
Kerry Kennedy   Author
John Mock   Arranger
Bob Muller   Liner Notes
Beverly Parker   Artwork
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Blue Moon Orchestra   Contributor
John Hurley   Engineer

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Clock Without Hands 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nanci's first release of new material in several years was well worth the wait. Several songs truly stand out, such as her haunting tribute to the Vietnam vet in ''Traveling through this part of you'' and her song of rememberence to Dickie Chapelle, the female photo journalist killed in Vietnam in 1965, on ''Pearl's eye view''. Other songs worth mentioning are ''Lost him in the sky'' and ''Where would I be''. All in all, a great album, well worth hearing and owning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always found Nanci Griffith's music something worth listening to ... on many levels ... this one is surely no exception to the rule ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been listening to Nanci for many years and this collection stands up very well next her body of work. Not a bad tune to be found on this one. Kudos to Ms. Griffith!!