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This chronological retrospective of Kim Richey's recorded legacy, from 1995 to the present, offers a vivid snapshot of this eloquent songwriter's evolution as a solo artist, in which her piercing insights are given added ballast and ambiance by the productions. Additionally, two new songs at disc's end underscore the continuing evolution of her musical sensibility. The familiar tracks include Richard Bennett's rather spartan acoustic-electric settings on Richey's 1995 self-titled debut; Angelo's rock-ribbed, twang-rich, sludge-drenched mise-en-scènes for 1997's Bitter Sweet; Hugh Padgham's languorous, synthesized backdrops on 1999's stunning Glimmer; and Bill Bottrell's ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
This chronological retrospective of Kim Richey's recorded legacy, from 1995 to the present, offers a vivid snapshot of this eloquent songwriter's evolution as a solo artist, in which her piercing insights are given added ballast and ambiance by the productions. Additionally, two new songs at disc's end underscore the continuing evolution of her musical sensibility. The familiar tracks include Richard Bennett's rather spartan acoustic-electric settings on Richey's 1995 self-titled debut; Angelo's rock-ribbed, twang-rich, sludge-drenched mise-en-scènes for 1997's Bitter Sweet; Hugh Padgham's languorous, synthesized backdrops on 1999's stunning Glimmer; and Bill Bottrell's back-to-roots rock-cum-country basics on 2002's captivating Rise. The songs -- such as the ominous, driving "Those Words We Said," the anthemic "Every River," the R&B-flavored lament "I Know," and the whimsical "Old Friend" -- are all gems, classics of a singular kind that subtly blend elements of rock, country, and pop with powerful lyrics and deeply committed vocal performances. Of the two new tracks, "Break You Down" offers a stomping bit of pop rock with a Sheryl Crow feel and chiming guitars, and "Electric Green," a winsome acoustic ballad Richey recorded with Pete Droge, is a folkish tune redolent of Tim Hardin in its brittle sensitivity and quiet urgency. All of which whets the appetite for a new Kim Richey studio album. Until then, this is not a bad way to pass the time.
All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
When Kim Richey's self-titled debut disc arrived in 1995 to critical acclaim, the public, along with country radio, largely ignored the singer/songwriter. Perhaps her thoughtful lyrics and more contemporary folk sound were too organic when compared to the glossy country-pop of the time. Perhaps her beautifully rounded voice was not as forceful or demanding as the leading country divas. Whatever the case, hardly anyone noticed this sparkling gem among the hayseeds, and only those who took the time to seek her out were rewarded with a musical treasure. Seven years later she was still flying well below the radar when her masterwork, Rise, arrived and redefined her sound and direction. This time people began to take notice, and although sales were still low, Richey garnered a new set of fans who became entranced by her exceptional songwriting. Although Rise was her most accomplished and focused work, there are brilliant songs from previous albums that are among her best and are waiting to be rediscovered. The Collection is a fine sampling of these songs and is a perfect place to begin for anyone who is just now discovering Richey's music. Taken from her debut disc, the quiet rhythms and delicate arrangement of "Can't Find the Words" perfectly capture the essence of Richey's music, while "Those Words We Said" is the hit that never was as a chugging organ drives the song's aching melody. The lazy pop of "I Know," from Bitter Sweet, also missed on radio, but that album's true highlight is "Straight as the Crow Flies," one of Richey's sweetest and most heartfelt songs. The two selections from Glimmer, her glossy misstep produced by Hugh Padgham the Police, Genesis, weigh down the middle of the disc, but her four songs from Rise, including the tender "A Place Called Home," showcase an artist who is still developing, growing, and has so much more to offer. Also included is an unreleased studio track titled "Break You Down," along with a live version of Rise's "Electric Green," featuring Pete Droge. While both of these are satisfying additions to her catalog, neither is essential and could have easily been replaced by more deserving songs like the jubilant "Here I Go Again" from the debut album. Regardless, The Collection is a first-rate introduction to an artist whose musical gifts have been ignored for far too long.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602498620243
  • Catalog Number: 000226802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can't Find the Words (5:06)
  2. 2 Those Words We Said (3:57)
  3. 3 Just My Luck (3:22)
  4. 4 Every River (4:00)
  5. 5 I'm Alright (4:02)
  6. 6 Straight as the Crow Flies (4:19)
  7. 7 I Know (3:15)
  8. 8 Come Around (3:54)
  9. 9 Hello Old Friend (3:42)
  10. 10 Girl in a Car (4:19)
  11. 11 A Place Called Home (3:57)
  12. 12 The Circus Song (Can't Let Go) (3:44)
  13. 13 No Judges (3:16)
  14. 14 Break You Down (3:07)
  15. 15 Electric Green (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kim Richey Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Pete Droge Guitar, Vocals, Electric Flute
Christer Jansson Drums
Martin Terefe Bass
Staffan Astner Electric Guitar
Andreas Olsson Synthesizer, Noise
Technical Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Composer
Barbara George Composer
Chuck Prophet Composer
Tim Krekel Composer
Pete Droge Composer
Richard Bennett Producer
Bill Bottrell Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Eric Clapton Composer
Jennifer Kimball Composer
John Leventhal Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Hugh Padgham Producer, Audio Production
Kim Richey Composer
Jody Denberg Liner Notes
Tom Littlefield Composer
Larry Gottlieb Composer
Martin Terefe Producer, Engineer
Angelo Producer, Audio Production
Andreas Olsson Engineer
Bethany Newman Art Direction
Hank Williams Mastering
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