Impossible Dream

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This Boston-bred singer-songwriter has covered plenty of territory over the past decade, hitting hard with unsparing blues-rock and soothing sweetly with earth-mother ballads. She splits the difference on Impossible Dream, her fourth -- and most consistently intriguing -- studio album. In recent years, Griffin has spent time plying her craft in Nashville, writing songs like "Top of the World" -- a smash for the Dixie Chicks that appears here in considerably more subtle trappings. Griffin harks back to the rougher-edged tone of 1998's Flaming Red on a passel of passionate rockers, most notably "Love Throws a Line," which has a hint of Joan Osborne in its agreeably ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This Boston-bred singer-songwriter has covered plenty of territory over the past decade, hitting hard with unsparing blues-rock and soothing sweetly with earth-mother ballads. She splits the difference on Impossible Dream, her fourth -- and most consistently intriguing -- studio album. In recent years, Griffin has spent time plying her craft in Nashville, writing songs like "Top of the World" -- a smash for the Dixie Chicks that appears here in considerably more subtle trappings. Griffin harks back to the rougher-edged tone of 1998's Flaming Red on a passel of passionate rockers, most notably "Love Throws a Line," which has a hint of Joan Osborne in its agreeably roadhouse-style groove. "Useless Desires" emphasizes Griffin's folkier side, its chunky strumming couching a poignant-yet-pithy take on affairs of the heart. Griffin shows her willingness to take chances of the sort that were discouraged by her previous label, which refused to release several of the songs that ended up on Impossible Dream. Most affecting of these is "Mother of God," a winding seven-minute musing that starts off in dark shadow before Griffin takes off into the ether for a radiant turn in the sun. Heartfelt and heartwarming, this Dream is a pleasure to wake up to.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Impossible Dream retains the intimate, "live" recording quality of 2002's 1,000 Kisses, especially on tracks like "Florida," where you can almost smell the cigarette smoke Patty Griffin sings about. But it also emits a melancholy signal from somewhere deeper than live, a hazy place lined with the shelves of memory. "Mother of God" and "Kite" are spare, piano-led pieces recalling a life's decisions or a child's emotions on a single summer day. Griffin's gorgeous vocals make their atmosphere touchable. But Impossible Dream also benefits from the production of Austin pal Craig Ross. He deftly clarifies the album's stylistic contours, but is careful to cultivate them inside the album's overall pensiveness. "Standing" is a deconstructed gospel number that sidles into something a little more sultry, while "Love Throw a Line" starts Impossible Dream with a slight Texas shuffle. Guests like guitarist Doug Lancio and Emmylou Harris and Buddy and Julie Miller -- who contributed supporting vocals throughout -- also help shade the album's more robust material. Harris seems like Griffin's vocal muse for the folk build of "Useless Desires," which includes some lovely, swirling violin work from Lisa Germano. "Say goodbye to the old street that never cared much for you anyway," Griffin sings in bittersweet farewell to a hometown. And then, a little prescient joke. "Weekend Edition has this town way overrated." Germano returns for the quietly intense relationship meditation "Top of the World." As the song fades from its aching climax, it's replaced by a scratchy kitchen table recording of "Impossible Dream," performed with TLC by Griffin's parents. The moment intensifies the feeling that this LP is Griffin's greatest journey of personal reflection. Her memories, longing, regrets, and desires define an album that's as listenable as it is meaningful.
Entertainment Weekly - Craig Havighurst
She makes even gloomy folk ravishing. (B+)

She makes even gloomy folk ravishing. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882152024
  • Catalog Number: 21520
  • Sales rank: 15,779

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Throw a Line (3:38)
  2. 2 Cold as It Gets (2:38)
  3. 3 Kite Song (3:09)
  4. 4 Standing (4:04)
  5. 5 Useless Desires (5:50)
  6. 6 Top of the World (5:28)
  7. 7 Rowing Song (3:26)
  8. 8 When It Doesn't Come Easy (4:52)
  9. 9 Florida (5:01)
  10. 10 Mother of God (7:14)
  11. 11 Icicles (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patty Griffin Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals
Lisa Germano Violin, Zither
Ian McLagan Piano, Electric Piano
Julie Miller Background Vocals
Billy Beard Drums
Brian Beattie Bowed Bass, Pump Organ
J.D. Foster Percussion, Bass Guitar
Doug Lancio Guitar, Mandolin
Buddy Miller Background Vocals
Michael Ramos Trumpet
Craig Ross Synthesizer, Percussion, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Frank Swart Bass
Rev. Brady Blade Drums
Sumner Erickson Tuba
John Deaderick Organ, Drums
J.A. Foster Bass, Percussion
Jonathan Greene Drums
Jon Greene Drums
Technical Credits
Patty Griffin Composer, Engineer
Craig Ross Audio Production
Robbie Adams Engineer
Ethan Allen Engineer
Diane Weidenkopf Producer
Traci Goudie Art Direction
Jane Amschwand Photo Assistance
Dette Cole Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There's a whole lot of singing that's gonna be heard...

    Patty Griffin's new album, "Impossible Dream", is filled with moments of beauty, hope, love, and concern. Her unique and beautiful voice wanders from southern gospel on the song "Standing" to just exquisite beauty on the song "Kite". The album includes three songs ("Standing", "Top of the World", and "Mother of God") from her unreleased album, "Silver Bell", which was shelved by her former record label. The album also includes the song "Florida" which is a favorite request by fans at her live shows. Overall, the album is a wonderful collection of songs that you will be listening to for some time to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good CD

    Patty Griffin is one of my favorites. Somehow I missed getting this CD when it was released. It took me several listens but now I play this one often. "Kite Song", "Florida" "When It don't come easy", and "Cold as it gets" are my favorite tracks. If you like Patty get this one.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Sweet Music

    Patty Griffin has long been one of my favorite artists. Her beautiful voice resonates throughout the entire album, especially on Kite, but my favorites have got to be "Love Throw A Line" and the thoughtful "Useless Desires". Impossible Dream is the kind of cd I throw on at the end of a long, hard day. Nothing soothes the soul quite like the sound of Patty Griffin singing.

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