Simple Things

Simple Things

4.5 9
by Amy Grant
     
 

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As the title implies, Amy Grant's first album of all-new material in six years -- her hymns collection Legacy came out in 2002 -- is a somewhat low-key affair, short on production gloss and long on feel-good, organic simplicity. Grant's last set of originals, 1997's dark and personal Behind the Eyes, addressed the painful sideSee more details below

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As the title implies, Amy Grant's first album of all-new material in six years -- her hymns collection Legacy came out in 2002 -- is a somewhat low-key affair, short on production gloss and long on feel-good, organic simplicity. Grant's last set of originals, 1997's dark and personal Behind the Eyes, addressed the painful side of love, but thankfully, Simple Things carries a refreshingly positive outlook. Healing and forgiveness are the buzzwords here. The new perspective is apparent on such tracks as "Eye to Eye," "Out In the Open," and "Innocence Lost," while a deeper romantic sentiment is shared on such cuts as "Touch" and "Beautiful," the latter a moving duet with husband Vince Gill. Rounding out this project is a dose of lighthearted fare, "Happy" and the sunny title track, "Simple Things," among them. Taken as a whole, Simple Things gives listeners a glimpse of someone stepping out of the shadows into the sunlight for the first time in a long while. All we can say is, welcome back.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Daniel Malich
After a painfully long six years since Amy Grant's last pop album (she released a collection of gospel hymns in 2002), the prolific singer/songwriter returns to the pop
ock fold with the candid and thoughtful Simple Things. Producers Keith Thomas, Brown Bannister, and Wayne Kirkpatrick give Grant a wonderful blueprint to build from, which she takes full advantage of, gifting the listener with beautifully poetic music to revel in. While never one to shy away from expressing the deepest recesses of her soul, it is somewhat surprising how open Grant is in relating very recent and highly publicized events (starting with her divorce from singer Gary Chapman), depicting both the work it takes to find peaceful ground amidst difficult situations (the poignant and telling "Eye to Eye") and the fulfillment and joy experienced in discovering true love (the delightfully upbeat "Looking for You"). Although one might argue that it is all a matter of the listener's interpretation, it's not hard to see the correlation between real life and the lyrics. Grant testifies what it means to find God's grace and forgiveness in the gorgeous "Out in the Open," while pondering life's defining moments with "I Don't Know Why." Examining the faults and failings of choices made in life with "Innocence Lost," Grant speaks honestly about the tribulations that were publicly displayed in the media and the personal redemption that followed. Expanding her vocal horizons, the singer harks back to the days of moody torch singers with the romantic "Touch," and joins husband Vince Gill for the emotional "Beautiful," which focuses on the positive aspects in a relationship that wasn't meant to be. Hardcore fans will remember the sentimental closer, "After the Fire," from Grant's 1997 appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The album's opener, "Happy," easily bests most of the tracks hitting Top 40 airplay, while the title cut (and first single) is a breezy, fun anthem about the importance of the "simple" everyday "things" of life that are too easily taken for granted. At only ten tracks, most fans may find their one complaint is that this collection is much too short. However, with Grant possessing a voice that continues to grow more rich with time, and a gift for writing heartfelt and soul-searching songs, a "too short" album is a small price to pay for such a solid work. With nary a throwaway track among them, all the songs combine to make Grant's Simple Things simply perfect.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0094639735723
catalogNumber:
97357

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Keith Thomas   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards
Pat Buchanan   Acoustic Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Bruce Gaitsch   Acoustic Guitar
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Mark Hammond   Drums
Gordon Kennedy   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Craig Nelson   Bass
William Owsley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Tim Pearce   Guitar
Tommy Simms   Bass
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Felicia Sorensen   Background Vocals
Ron Hemby   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Guitar (Nylon String)
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Roach   Keyboards
Tiffany Lee   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Browning   Percussion
Katy Hudson   Background Vocals
Jeffrey Roach   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Amy Grant   Composer
Garrison Keillor   Author
Chris Eaton   Composer
Keith Thomas   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Austin Cunningham   Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer,Producer
Chris McHugh   drum programming
Jerry McPherson   Composer
William Owsley   Composer
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Ron Hemby   Composer,Producer
Scott Hull   Mastering
Dillon O'Brian   Composer
Holly Lamar   Composer
Chris Yoakum   Digital Editing,MIDI Tech
Trina Harmon   Composer

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