Goodnight Venus

Goodnight Venus

by Libby Kirkpatrick
     
 
For her third outing, Goodnight Venus, singer/songwriter Libby Kirkpatrick shows plenty of imagination. Things like the flügelhorn on "Vaulted Heart" or the way the lead guitar on "Wake Me Up" pushes the song wide open make this a cut above the ordinary. She's obviously been affected by hearing Rickie Lee Jones -- it's evident

Overview

For her third outing, Goodnight Venus, singer/songwriter Libby Kirkpatrick shows plenty of imagination. Things like the flügelhorn on "Vaulted Heart" or the way the lead guitar on "Wake Me Up" pushes the song wide open make this a cut above the ordinary. She's obviously been affected by hearing Rickie Lee Jones -- it's evident in her swaying, slightly jazzy, vaguely slurred vocals -- and adopted some of the mannerisms to her own style. But there are worse role models to have, and Kirkpatrick has developed to the point where she's largely her own person. Working with a number of musicians allows her to add plenty of colors and textures to her songs, whether it's the cello on "Circus" or bansuri flute on "Silver Road." She proves to be an excellent producer, too, never indulging herself too much. Even her solo outing, "Jenny's Eyes," is carefully abbreviated. Her writing continues to improve, becoming more oblique and interesting, a strong woman finding her way in life, but also with an ear for low-key pop, as on "Crying." And even when it's not completely successful, such as with "Now," which tries to be a bit too epic, she's trying and learning. When she stretches herself and it does work -- which "Run" does, extremely well -- you know you're in the presence of an artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Heart Music
UPC:
0000206002921
catalogNumber:
29

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Libby Kirkpatrick   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mitch Watkins   Guitar,Electric Guitar,E-bow
Erich Avinger   Guitar,Classical Guitar
Doug Hall   Piano
J.J. Johnson   Drums,Shaker
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Abra Moore   Background Vocals
Jeremy Brown   Drums
Sara Lee   Bass
John Fremgen   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Mike Elam   Flugelhorn
Michael Shay   Cello

Technical Credits

Laura Nyro   Composer
Tab Bartling   Executive Producer
Fred Remmert   Engineer
Todd V. Wolfson   Illustrations
Jim Vollentine   Engineer
Libby Kirkpatrick   Composer,Producer
Jason Leonard   Illustrations
Kimball Lorio   Illustrations
Julie Paschkis   Illustrations

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