Roses

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Meditations on things that matter is the theme of Kathy Mattea's Roses, and as such it's a fitting sequel to her 2000 gem, The Innocent Years. Now recording for the independent Narada label and co-producing with Ed Cash, Mattea offers a collection of songs that take an intimate and uncompromising look at what love can do to a person's emotional life. And while Roses is at least as personal as The Innocent Years, it's also her most musically ambitious album. Mainstream country this is not: There are many folk-styled arrangements, liberally flavored with mid-tempo rock, and a number of songs incorporating Irish melodies and arrangements. The Irish connection is made ...
See more details below
CD
$11.39
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$11.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (9) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $5.31   
  • Used (2) from $0.00   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Meditations on things that matter is the theme of Kathy Mattea's Roses, and as such it's a fitting sequel to her 2000 gem, The Innocent Years. Now recording for the independent Narada label and co-producing with Ed Cash, Mattea offers a collection of songs that take an intimate and uncompromising look at what love can do to a person's emotional life. And while Roses is at least as personal as The Innocent Years, it's also her most musically ambitious album. Mainstream country this is not: There are many folk-styled arrangements, liberally flavored with mid-tempo rock, and a number of songs incorporating Irish melodies and arrangements. The Irish connection is made explicit with the first rousing fiddle notes on "That's All the Lumber You Sent," which occasionally breaks into a tin whistle-powered jig, and two evocative instrumentals, the poignant air "Isle of Inishmore, Part 1" and the rollicking jig "Isle of Inishmore, Part 2." It's heady stuff, and content-rich, too: "I'm Alright" penned by Kim Richey is a triumphant survivor's report, and "Ashes in the Wind" recounts a love that survives the grave. Mattea's masterful ballad performances on "Where've You Been" and the introspective, gospel-touched "The Slender Threads That Bind Us Here" prove the depth of her gifts. These dozen Roses are a thing of beauty, indeed.
All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
Kathy Mattea has always teetered on the Nashville edge with her music. On Roses, her 13th studio album, she pushes the envelope, bringing to the forefront the blending of the Scottish/Irish music found in small doses on her last few albums. "That's All the Lumber You Sent," the first track, screams Celtic, as does the instrumental "Isle of Inishmore." But whatever the musical style, brooding and contemplative lyrics accompany all of the tracks. Mattea's warm alto voice comes across opulently in "The Slender Threads That Bind Us Here" and the Kim Richey remake "I'm Alright." This album isn't the country music of the former Grammy-winner and CMA vocalist of the year, but it wins high marks for creative expression and originality.
Entertainment Weekly - Alanna Nash
A beautiful set of songs balancing the secular and the spiritual. (A-)
USA Today - Brian Mansfield
Mattea remains one of Nashville's most spiritual singers, and the songs she sings about love lost and humillity are as fine as any she has recorded.

A beautiful set of songs balancing the secular and the spiritual. (A-)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724381248522
  • Catalog Number: 12485
  • Sales rank: 105,484

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kathy Mattea Primary Artist, Guitar, Human Whistle, Foot Stomping
Jim Brock Percussion, Drums
Bob Halligan Vocal Harmony
David Angell Strings
David Barnes Background Vocals
John Catchings Strings
Bill Cooley Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar
David Davidson Strings
Gerry Gillespie Bass
Byron House Bass, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
Joanie Madden Human Whistle
John Mock Concertina, Harmonium, Human Whistle
Tommy Simms Electric Bass
Pamela Sixfin Strings
Mark Stallings Piano, Hammond Organ
David Johnson Dobro, Steel Guitar
Chris Carmichael Fiddle, Violin
Dan Needham Percussion, Drums
Tim Lauer Accordion
Ed Cash Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Ebo, fender rhodes
Bebo Norman Vocal Harmony
Kris Thompson Strings
Technical Credits
Kathy Mattea Producer
Loudon Wainwright III Composer
David Barnes Producer
Mick Conley Engineer
Carl Marsh String Arrangements
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Dan Needham Contributor
Ed Cash Producer, Contributor
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

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 4 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mattea Delivers Beautiful Bouquet with Roses

    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  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Maybe her best CD ever!

    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  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Perfect Bouquet of a Dozen Roses

    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  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New, yet familiar. A delightful CD to listen to!

    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  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews