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Clock Without Hands

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075596266024
  • Catalog Number: 62660
  • Sales rank: 180,062

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Clock Without Hands - Nanci Griffith (3:43)
  2. 2 Traveling Through This Part Of You - Nanci Griffith (4:03)
  3. 3 Where Would I Be - Nanci Griffith (4:28)
  4. 4 Midnight In Missoula - Nanci Griffith (3:59)
  5. 5 Lost Him In The Sun - Nanci Griffith (2:52)
  6. 6 The Ghost Inside Of Me - Nanci Griffith (3:04)
  7. 7 Truly Something Fine - Nanci Griffith (3:06)
  8. 8 Cotton - Nanci Griffith (2:41)
  9. 9 Pearl's Eye View (The Life of Dickey Chappelle) - Nanci Griffith (3:27)
  10. 10 Roses on the 4th of July - Nanci Griffith (3:36)
  11. 11 Shaking Out The Snow - Nanci Griffith (4:45)
  12. 12 Armstrong - Nanci Griffith (3:33)
  13. 13 Last Song For Mother - Nanci Griffith (2:40)
  14. 14 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Nanci Griffith (2:50)
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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
The String Machine Strings
Chas Williams Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Slide Dobro
Le 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
Hank Williams Mastering
John Hurley Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At last, something new from Nanci

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thanks Nanci

    I have always found Nanci Griffith's music something worth listening to ... on many levels ... this one is surely no exception to the rule ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nanci Strikes Gold

    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.

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