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|Kathy Mattea||Primary Artist, Guitar, Human Whistle, Foot Stomping|
|Jim Brock||Percussion, Drums|
|Bob Halligan||Vocal Harmony|
|David Barnes||Background Vocals|
|Bill Cooley||Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar|
|Byron House||Bass, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass|
|Joanie Madden||Human Whistle|
|John Mock||Concertina, Harmonium, Human Whistle|
|Tommy Simms||Electric Bass|
|Mark Stallings||Piano, Hammond Organ|
|David Johnson||Dobro, Steel Guitar|
|Chris Carmichael||Fiddle, Violin|
|Dan Needham||Percussion, Drums|
|Ed Cash||Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Ebo, fender rhodes|
|Bebo Norman||Vocal Harmony|
|Loudon Wainwright III||Composer|
|Carl Marsh||String Arrangements|
|Ed Cash||Producer, Contributor|
Posted October 1, 2010
Kathy Mattea has embarked on a new phase of her career with ''Roses'' -- her first CD for the independent Narada label. Casual followers of Kathy¿s career will hear styles of music from her that will be new to them. Yet, for those who follow her music more closely, the CD¿s an extension of some of the in-concert gems they¿ve been hearing her perform the last few years. ¿Roses¿ is both uplifting and thought provoking. Two themes that run through the CD are that of the heart and spirit. In ''That's All The Lumber You Sent,¿ Kathy¿s Celtic influence is felt immediately in a song that asks you to look in your heart and decide if you¿ve done all you can to help others. The feelings of the heart and spirit continue with the tender ''They Are The Roses'' -- ''...Cause there is nothing more beautiful and wild than the dreams that grow in the heart of every child'', and ''Guns of Love'' -- ''¿But when it comes time to choose our weapons, tell me what's to stop us from reaching for the heart.'' The heartrending ''Ashes In The Wind,'' written by Kathy¿s husband Jon Vezner, examines not following the heart and the pain of losing someone we care about. It¿s bound to touch a chord with many people. ''I'm Alright,'' another song that many people will find a connection with, deals with the healing of the heart and spirit. Kathy sings about our abilities, or inabilities, to listen to, and follow our hearts in relationships ranging from GOD (''Till I Turn To You'') to between each other (''Come Away With Me'' and ''Who We Are¿). She addresses some of the horrors and ugliness that our minds, hearts and spirits are forced to absorb each day in ''Junkyard.'' Yet, she sings with defiance that her mind, heart and spirit are ''not a junkyard¿It's holy ground.'' In contrast, the simple message in the beautiful ''Slender Thread That Binds Us Here'' is that it¿s the heart and spirit that binds us to each other. ''The Isle of Inishmore'' -- ''Air'' and ''Jig'' is pure enjoyment. ''Jig'' has been a concert favorite for several years and should have you clapping along with the CD. ''Guns of Love'' and ''I'm Alright'' could make it to radio. ''Who We Are'' and ''Ashes In The Wind'' will have many reaching for tissues. If ''Ashes In The Wind'' makes it to radio, it could be another ''Where've You Been'' for Kathy. ''Roses'' is a natural progression of Kathy's music following her last CD, ''Innocent Years.'' A hallmark of her success is her honesty in her music and as a person. While ''Innocent Years'' is considered her most personal album, ''Roses'' is her most personal statement about where she is musically. It highlights her love of Celtic music, and is an album that she has talked about making for a long time. Her rich alto voice shines on every cut. ¿Roses¿ is a beautiful bouquet that, although it doesn¿t need watering, will continue to live as a treasure that can be listened to for years to come.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
This CD is the one the major labels would never let her make! Kathy Mattea has gone around the edges of the music in her spirit before, but her spirit flies on this release. This CD will give you hope, inspiration and reflection on your own life, and life in general. From the Celtic twinged flavor of the music to the poignant and powerful lyrics this CD is a bouquet of ''Roses'' to enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Finally Kathy Mattea has been allowed to stretch her creative wings and soar to places she has wanted to go for a very long time. This CD, with its Celtic influences, will transform the listener. The songs are beautifully crafted and Kathy's vocal range is highlighted throughout. After listening to the CD 3 or 4 times, the meanings within the songs will hit you full force. I challenge anyone not to be touched by one, if not all of the songs. For Kathy's longtime fans, this is the one we have been waiting for! It is destined to be a classic alongside ''The Innocent Years'' and ''Good News''. If you think that you don't like country music, buy this CD anyway - you will be pleasantly surprised by this masterfully crafted and performed bouquet of a dozen roses.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Kathy Mattea's career has been a musical journey. Her recent CD, ROSES is a continuation of that journey. ROSES is her first CD for her new recording label, Narada. On the CD, Kathy Mattea has matured past the confines of country music. In that sense, the CD may be different from her ones in the past. Yet, what you will find familiar is that, like her many earlier CDs, the songs on Roses are introspective, reflective and honest. ROSES is a delightful CD to listen to. Several of the songs on this CD make one pause, to look in the mirror at one's own life. ''Ashes in the Wind (written by her husband Jon Vezner) is a touching song about change and loss. This song perfectly captures that moment of change and loss -- ''Yet my life passed before me, in that passing glance / And I knew I'd never be the same again'' . ''Ashes in the Wind'' serves as a reminder of just how precious life is. The introspective song, ''That's All the Lumber You Sent'' intelligently reminds us that what is ''due to us'' is directly related to what effort we put forward. The songs ''Guns of Love'' and ''Junkyard'' fit so very well with the sign of our times. From ''Guns of Love'', we learn (or remember) that an ''eye for an eye'' or ''fighting fire with fire'' may make us feel better at first, but that policy is not the real answer. In our age of information overload, that now almost anything goes on TV, movies and the internet, the reflective song, ''Junkyard'' effectively reminds us that two very important things should remain safe and sacred away from all the ''guck'' in the world. I also really like the songs ''I'm Alright'' and ''Isle of Inishmore.'' ''I'm Alright'' celebrates the feeling of surviving the bumps and bruises we encounter. Despite being down at times, we can still enjoy being okay after all. When listening to ''Isle of Inishmore'', one can't help but want to get up and dance to this lively jig. ROSES may well be Kathy Mattea's most reflective CD yet. I give it an A++. In ROSES, Kathy comfortly reminds us, in a sincere and insightful way, that it is still okay and pertinent to strive to be the better person we can be. The wonderful journey continues!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.