Hearts in Mind [Bonus Track]

( 3 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Eloquent and moving, Hearts in Mind, Nanci Griffith’s first new studio album in nearly four years, takes as its theme love and war, addressing those topics both singly and at the point where they intertwine to change lives and quicken emotions. "Simple Life," the rustic, dobro-rich album opener, is a heartfelt, traditional country plea from a mother desiring nothing more than to live out her days quietly and productively, "like my mother," with a good man at her side and her children staying nearby rather than going off to war. Inspired by a recent trip to Vietnam, "Heart of Indochine" traces an arc of pain and a quest for salvation and peace in a land besieged by ...
See more details below
CD
$13.83
BN.com price
(Save 1%)$13.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (8) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $8.62   
  • Used (4) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Eloquent and moving, Hearts in Mind, Nanci Griffith’s first new studio album in nearly four years, takes as its theme love and war, addressing those topics both singly and at the point where they intertwine to change lives and quicken emotions. "Simple Life," the rustic, dobro-rich album opener, is a heartfelt, traditional country plea from a mother desiring nothing more than to live out her days quietly and productively, "like my mother," with a good man at her side and her children staying nearby rather than going off to war. Inspired by a recent trip to Vietnam, "Heart of Indochine" traces an arc of pain and a quest for salvation and peace in a land besieged by outside forces, the soundscape’s quiet, shuffling percussion and moaning guitar lines conjuring an eerie ambiance that evokes the complex, blood-stained beauty of the country in question. On a similar note, the acutely observed "Old Hanoi" finds Griffith recounting a search in that city’s "sacred streets" for a vestige of the culture that once made Indochine a sacred place; the plaintive moan of a harmonium and a soft-strummed acoustic guitar behind her vocal only heighten the poignancy of a dreamland pillaged by progress. The folk-country elegance of "Beautiful," a heartfelt, lovestruck ballad addressed to Griffith's musician stepfather ("you taught me how to write these notes upon a page…and you are beautiful") swings in a low-key manner, with a stream of jubilant Dixieland clarinet lines lending the whole affair a bracing jauntiness. Jimmy Buffett helps Griffith lighten up on a tropical-flavored toe-tapper, "I Love This Town," his cameo being a welcome laugher in the midst of some heavy doings here. All in all, Griffith makes the most of her return to the studio: Hearts in Mind promises to endure.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A trip to Southeast Asia and the U.S. invasion of Iraq seem to have inspired much of Nanci Griffith's 12th studio album of new, original material, Hearts in Mind. "I don't want your wars to take my children," Griffith sings in the country-folk opener, "A Simple Life," and at the album's end, in "Big Blue Ball of War," she provides a historical primer of world conflicts that concludes speciously by suggesting that if only women were in charge of things, wars would cease. In between, "Heart of Indochine" and "Old Hanoi" provide her observations on Vietnam, the former pleading, "Deliver me to a river of peace." And while "Before" and "Love Conquers All" do not concern war directly, they do refer to it. Meanwhile, songwriter Julie Gold, who previously gave Griffith "From a Distance" before Bette Midler absconded with it and "Heaven," contributes a reflection on 9/11, "Mountain of Sorrow," that treats the loss of the World Trade Center towers as if it were a case of romantic heartbreak. But Hearts in Mind is not a full-fledged concept album about state violence. "Angels" written by Tom Kimmel and Jennifer Kimball and "Rise to the Occasion" speak to the ennobling power of love. "Beautiful" is Griffith's tribute to her stepfather. "Back When Ted Loved Sylvia," written by Le Ann Etheridge, is a non-rhyming reflection on the relationship between poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. And "I Love This Town," a duet with Jimmy Buffett written by Clive Gregson, provides comic relief and a catchy hook. Still, the shadow of war is never far away, even if it is often expressed in historical or impressionistic terms. No longer concerned with reaching a mass audience, Griffith co-produces with Pat McInerney, one of her backup musicians, delivering arrangements that lean more toward folk and bluegrass styles, with occasional string charts thrown in. "Last Train Home," with its Texas two-step rhythm, sounds like something from one of her early albums. Hearts in Mind doesn't have anything to say about war that Griffith's fans don't know and probably agree with, and it can be a bit simple-minded, but it delivers the familiar reflective, literary goods that those fans will expect. While this version of the album, released in the British Isles in 2004, has 13 tracks, the U.S. version released in 2005 adds a 14th one, "Our Very Own," a gentle ballad duet with Keith Carradine that reflects on age and responsibility.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • Label: New Door Records
  • UPC: 075021034570
  • Catalog Number: 000366902
  • Sales rank: 18,516

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Simple Life (3:05)
  2. 2 Angels (4:33)
  3. 3 Heart of Indochine (3:47)
  4. 4 Beautiful (4:09)
  5. 5 Back When Ted Loved Sylvia (4:15)
  6. 6 Mountain of Sorrow (3:49)
  7. 7 Old Hanoi (3:39)
  8. 8 Before (2:43)
  9. 9 I Love This Town (3:21)
  10. 10 Rise to the Occasion (3:17)
  11. 11 Love Conquers All (2:50)
  12. 12 Last Train Home (3:05)
  13. 13 Big Blue Ball of War (4:05)
  14. 14 Our Very Own (4:14)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nanci Griffith Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jimmy Buffett Vocals, Guest Appearance
Clive Gregson Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Tom Kimmel Vocal Harmony
Keith Carradine Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Lloyd Green Dobro, Steel Guitar
David Angell Violin
Tony Berg Bass, Keyboards
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Connie Ellisor Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
James Hooker Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Group Member
Doug Lancio Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar, Guitar (Electric Resonator), Mando-Guitar
Pat McInerney Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Christian Teal Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Cathryn Craig Vocal Harmony
Monisa Angell Viola
Ron de la Vega Bass Guitar, Group Member
Janet Askey Violin
Le Ann Etheridge Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Elizabeth Cook Vocal Harmony
Tom Lutz Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Nanci Griffith Composer, Producer, Song Notes
Clive Gregson Composer, Song Notes
Tom Kimmel Composer
Keith Carradine Composer, Producer
Ron Davies Composer
Bruce Mackay Guitar Techician
Tony Berg Producer
John Catchings Orchestration
Jim DeMain Mastering
Julie Gold Composer, Song Notes
Jennifer Kimball Composer
Pat McInerney Producer, Song Notes
Burt Stein Management
Chris Arvan Engineer
Charles Stefl Song Notes
Le Ann Etheridge Composer, Song Notes
Elizabeth Cook Composer
John Hurley Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointment

    Looked forward to this recording only to be let down again. I'd say one and a half stars would be more accurate as it is not a total loss.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Right up there with some of her best

    I think the album is fantastic. I think Simple Life, Beautiful, Before, Heart of Indochine, Old Hanoi, Big Blue Ball of War, Rise to the Occasion, and Our Very Own rank right up there with the best stuff she's ever done. I'm not so fond of Mountain of Sorrow and am indifferent to Angels, but then she didn't write them. And the rest is pretty darn good. I like the fact that each song has it's own sound and, as usual, the lyrics are like good literature. In "Heart of Indochine," I can see her sitting in the cafe with her "friend Bobby Mullen." It brings tears to my eyes when she wonders if "he walks in his dreams."

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a total disappointment.

    Nanci Griffith has been one of my favorite singer/songwriters for years, although, I must admit that I prefer her earlier works to what she has put out in recent years. I was really looking forward to this release since it has been some time since she recorded anything new. I must say that after hearing the first half of this album I thought I was going to be in for a complete let down. Thankfully that did not happen. Tracks 7-14 made up for the first 6 tracks and she saved her best for next to last."Big Blue Ball Of War," I think, is one of her best songs ever. Her duet with Jimmy Buffett on "I Love This Town" was also quite enjoyable. This is a good album but certainly not one of her best.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews