Red = Luck

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Ten just might be Patty Larkin's lucky number. A highly regarded veteran of Boston's alterna-folk-rock scene -- and one of the most texturally inventive female guitar slingers on the planet -- Larkin has never really connected with a broader audience. Red = Luck, her tenth album, ought to change all that. Wading heart-deep into the emotional aftermath of 9/11, Larkin emerges with a gripping, gorgeous-sounding collection of songs that she calls a "meditation on hope." Partially composed in her Cape Cod "shack" during the tumultuous months following the September attacks, the album reflects the desolate winter landscape confronting both Larkin and the nation at the time. The songstress has said she turned to Neil ...
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Barnes & Noble
Ten just might be Patty Larkin's lucky number. A highly regarded veteran of Boston's alterna-folk-rock scene -- and one of the most texturally inventive female guitar slingers on the planet -- Larkin has never really connected with a broader audience. Red = Luck, her tenth album, ought to change all that. Wading heart-deep into the emotional aftermath of 9/11, Larkin emerges with a gripping, gorgeous-sounding collection of songs that she calls a "meditation on hope." Partially composed in her Cape Cod "shack" during the tumultuous months following the September attacks, the album reflects the desolate winter landscape confronting both Larkin and the nation at the time. The songstress has said she turned to Neil Young's Harvest for comfort and inspiration -- and it shows. Sung in a voice pitched firmly in Lillith Fair territory, evoking a sleepier Joni Mitchell and a reedier Paula Cole, Larkin's picturesque tunes are short and bittersweet. On songs like the melancholy "Too Bad," the lullaby-like "Home," and the hauntingly scritchy-scratchy instrumental title track, the glimmering optimism of Larkin's slide guitar work is tempered by her mournful tone and spare arrangements. Even the relatively upbeat "Italian Shoes" -- a caustic take on face values in which Larkin warbles, "He wore Italian shoes/Like that's supposed to mean something/I mean I could/Wear Italian shoes too" -- seems to contain an undertow of grief. With Red = Luck, Larkin boldly sets out to traverse a bleak and forbidding shadowland and, with her eyes fixed on the newly deprived horizon, the journey is immaculately constructed and surprisingly comforting. Paul Leo
All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
This is a very tasteful album featuring midtempo and slow songs with observant, personal lyrics and a carefully blended combination of folk, pop, Celtic, and other influences. Larkin's vocals are emotive in a low-key way, her multi-instrumental skills are impressive, and the ace cast of supporting musicians include Ben Wittman on lap steel and Gideon Freudmann on cello. The songs tend to be wistful or bittersweet, the writing tends to be relatively subtle with the unfortunate exception of the Statue of Liberty's "lily white hand" in "Birmingham," a misconceived song about urban poverty, and this album should appeal to fans of Larkin's previous work as well as newcomers who like folk-pop singer/songwriters. The music could have benefited from some fiery passion and a greater sense of spontaneity; even "Louder," the album-ending romp, sounds overly decorous. Nonetheless, it's a solid album overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707972727
  • Catalog Number: 79727
  • Sales rank: 294,116

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All That Innocence (3:09)
  2. 2 24/7/365 (2:40)
  3. 3 The Cranes (2:50)
  4. 4 Children (3:58)
  5. 5 Italian Shoes (3:42)
  6. 6 Birmingham (3:23)
  7. 7 Too Bad (3:58)
  8. 8 Home (2:17)
  9. 9 Different World (3:57)
  10. 10 Normal (4:11)
  11. 11 Red = Luck (1:15)
  12. 12 Inside Your Painting (3:25)
  13. 13 St. Augustine (4:00)
  14. 14 Louder (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patty Larkin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Percussion, Guitar (Baritone)
Duke Levine Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Guitorgan, Mando-Guitar
Jonatha Brooke Background Vocals
Richard Gates Bass
Jennifer Kimball Background Vocals
Michael Rivard Acoustic Bass, Sintir
Marc Shulman Electric Guitar
Bette Warner Talking
Ben Wittman Drums, Loops, Drum Loop
Winifred Horan Fiddle
Willy Porter Background Vocals, Thumb Piano
Gideon Freudmann Cello
Merrie Amsterburg Trumpet, Background Vocals
Mick McAuley Button Accordion
Jeff Lang Slide Guitar
John Benjamin Hickey Electric Guitar
Tim Craven Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Patty Larkin Producer, Liner Notes
Ted Jensen Mastering
Bette Warner Producer, Engineer
Ben Wittman Producer, Engineer
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Tim Craven Engineer
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