Right Out of Nowhere

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Emerging from two years of personal traumas her parents' deaths, the near-breakup of a lengthy marriage, Kathy Mattea has transformed her crises into the most moving album of her estimable career. Right Out of Nowhere explores commitment, love, a loved one's departure, and spiritual longing. The acoustic-rooted small combo behind her only enhances the intimate nature of Mattea's performances, as she delves into some dark, dour, Nebraska-style ruminations on fate and tragedy and comes to a place of hope and light. The inner conflict is best embodied in a driving arrangement of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter," rendered as a rich, roiling mix of mandolin, tambourine, acoustic ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Emerging from two years of personal traumas her parents' deaths, the near-breakup of a lengthy marriage, Kathy Mattea has transformed her crises into the most moving album of her estimable career. Right Out of Nowhere explores commitment, love, a loved one's departure, and spiritual longing. The acoustic-rooted small combo behind her only enhances the intimate nature of Mattea's performances, as she delves into some dark, dour, Nebraska-style ruminations on fate and tragedy and comes to a place of hope and light. The inner conflict is best embodied in a driving arrangement of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter," rendered as a rich, roiling mix of mandolin, tambourine, acoustic guitar, organ, and flute trills. On a cautionary note, the southern soul and gospel flavors of "Hurt Some," coupled to Mattea's sultry, Wynonna-like reading, lend a lived-in wisdom to a treatise advising women on the necessity of working at love, no matter the inevitable pain. "Live It," a sturdy shuffle bolstered by pedal steel and triumphant choruses, finds Mattea again singing forcefully about going for broke in matters of the heart. In "Only Heaven Knows," deliberately rendered verses and surging choruses emphasize a positive lyric about forgiveness in the face of unpredictable misfortune. Wrap it up with some stinging southern gospel, complete with a rumbling female backing chorus intoning the title sentiment on "Wade in the Water," and both Right Out of Nowhere and a blossoming Kathy Mattea find redemption.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Veteran country singer Kathy Mattea returns with her third album on Narada, and it's easily her most consistent since she joined the label. Self-produced, Mattea once more layers in all her favorite touches like Bill Cooley's bouzouki and Randy Leago playing both accordion and sitar on the title cut, which opens the set. This track underscores a running theme in Mattea's work: transformation and change. This is a song, like so many others in her vast catalog, where the protagonist is torn about leaving one place in pursuit of an unknown future, but there is acceptance and resignation in her voice when she sings "Right out of nowhere/You open your heart/And let go of everything/You're going somewhere/And all you need to know/Is you're free to go." Two surprises here are in covers of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and John Fogerty's "Down on the Corner." That they appear on the same album is rather startling, giving the listener a gauge that this is no ordinary country record. The former tune is a largely acoustic read, with an organ and a Wurlitzer being the only electric instruments. Its layered guitars, mandolin, and bass flute offer all the urgency of the original, but in her delivery, Mattea makes the tune a gospel song, one that pleads for deliverance and is anchored in awareness. The latter is steeped in blues with harmonica and a steel-string ushering in her voice as it struts, as if from a back-porch singalong. The chorus of backing vocals underscores this and gives the tune its gritty country-funk feel. But of course, it's in the ballads where Mattea really shines, such as on "Hurt Some," the Celtic-flavored "Love's Not Through With Me Yet," and the streamlined country of "Loving You, Letting You Go," easily the most heart-wrenching cut on the disc. But it doesn't end there with brokenness, as "Live It," "Give It Away," and "Only Heaven Knows" reveal where hurt becomes self-determination and freedom. The album closes with a fine and utterly new arrangement of the old gospel tune "Wade in the Water." It's gritty, funky, and greasy. Wurlitzer and organ fuel the backdrop and the Settles Connection provide the backing chorus, keeping it firmly in the gospel tradition. Mattea is one of those singers who can do anything she likes; her emotive phrasing and willingness to stretch herself are commendable, and Right Out of Nowhere is one of her most ambitious outings yet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724387573628
  • Catalog Number: 75736

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kathy Mattea Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Human Whistle
Suzy Bogguss Background Vocals
Jim Brock Percussion, Drums, Cajon, Jaw Harp, Knee Slaps
Paul Martin Vocals
Mick Conley Toy Piano
Bill Cooley Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Jim Hoke Harmonica, Background Vocals
Randy Leago Harmonica, Percussion, Accordion, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Sitar, Wurlitzer
Darrell Scott Background Vocals
Randy Sharp Background Vocals
Carson Whitsett Organ, Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Shirley Settles Background Vocals
Rick Blackwell Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Terry Wilson Background Vocals
Calvin Settles Background Vocals
Odessa Settles Background Vocals
The Settles Connection Background Vocals
Steve Sturm Steel Guitar
Todd Suttles Background Vocals
Paul Martin Accordion, Background Vocals
Eamonn O'Rourke Fiddle, Mandolin
Technical Credits
Skip Ewing Composer
Kathy Mattea Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Whistle
John Fogerty Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Jon Vezner Composer
Mick Conley Engineer, Audio Production
Bill Cooley Arranger
Angela Kaset Composer
J.D. Martin Composer
John Mayfield Mastering
Keith Richards Composer
Darrell Scott Composer
Maia Sharp Composer
Christine Kane Composer
Tia Sillers Composer
Jamie Houston Composer
Traditional Composer
Steven Bliss Composer
Bob Halligan Jr. Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As good as her live performance

    This CD is my favorite of 2006. It is rare when I like all the cuts on a CD as I did on this one. Kathy Mattea delivers as she always does. I'll be buying a few of these CDs as gifts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    A simply stunning record by an artist who gets better each time out. Highest recommendation!

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