The Innocent Years

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Kathy Mattea has risen out of several years of personal turmoil with a triumphant celebration of life, love, and family. In the process of creating her 11th studio album, Mattea faced the serious illness of both her parents, a troubled marriage, and career uncertainty. THE INNOCENT YEARS finds the smooth-voiced alto turning inward, searching for sources of strength in her past, her faith, and in the least expected places. In "Trouble with Angels," Mattea laments the celestial beings are "never around 'til you really need one." Then she adds, almost as an afterthought, "and I really need one," thus changing a song of despair into one of hope and transformation. The sentiment sets the tone for THE INNOCENT YEARS: At ...
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Kathy Mattea has risen out of several years of personal turmoil with a triumphant celebration of life, love, and family. In the process of creating her 11th studio album, Mattea faced the serious illness of both her parents, a troubled marriage, and career uncertainty. THE INNOCENT YEARS finds the smooth-voiced alto turning inward, searching for sources of strength in her past, her faith, and in the least expected places. In "Trouble with Angels," Mattea laments the celestial beings are "never around 'til you really need one." Then she adds, almost as an afterthought, "and I really need one," thus changing a song of despair into one of hope and transformation. The sentiment sets the tone for THE INNOCENT YEARS: At the bottom of the pit, the end of the rope, the darkest hour, one finds the strength to prevail. She never forgets, as in "Why Can't We," that "people with nothing can still hold on to something." In the process, Mattea has made a very strong album. Her voice is supported by beautiful, sophisticated arrangements and production that fit alongside any of the pop-country chart-toppers while upping the emotional ante of the genre. Mattea's triumph on THE INNOCENT YEARS is ours as well. Karl Hagstrom Miller
All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
A brisk song with tempo and lyrical substance, "Trouble With Angels" is one of only two songs on this 11th studio release from Mattea that isn't a ballad. Written and recorded during a time when she was facing the declining health of her father, much of the music on The Innocent Years is about the tender mercies of life: love, family relationships, faith in God, perseverance, commitment, and growing old. Most notably poignant is "That's the Deal," a tribute to her father and the health struggles he's recently faced. The album gets high marks for vocal collaborations with the likes of Suzy Bogguss, Alison Krauss, and pop singer Graham Nash. And the album's bonus track, "BFD," a crowd favorite in her live shows, ends the album on a playful note.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: MERCURY NASHVILLE
  • UPC: 008817013022
  • Catalog Number: 170130

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kathy Mattea Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Kathy Mattea Producer
Keith Stegall Producer
Ben Wisch Producer
Matt Knobel Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just When You Think She Couldn't Do Any Better . . .

    When I heard that the new Kathy Mattea album was out, I rushed to the music store with fear and trepidation to buy it. How, I asked, could she possibly top her previous hits on 'Love Travels' and earlier works. But as I listened to the CD on the way home, I heard one glorious song after another. As a collection, it's nearly perfect. Every song treats a central subject -- love as lifelong commitment -- beautifully, without being redundant. Her voice has never sounded better! Best track on the CD? -- the hauntingly beautiful ballad, 'That's the Deal,' by premiere Nashville composer Hugh Prestwood (who wrote Trisha Yearwood's big hit, 'The Song Remembers When') This is Kathy at her best. And that's awesome! Buy it. Enjoy it. Call your radio station and demand that they play it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Winning CD

    Another winning CD by a very talented artist and one of the best voices. My favorites include the Kathy co-written 'The Innocent Years', which captures the feelings of yearning for a place in life when things were more carefree--before the cost of day to day living got in the way. Also, 'That's the Deal', a very touching love song about what it really means when one takes the vow of for better or worst. In addition, the cd includes a fun, witty-written bonus track titled 'BFD.' Kathy at her best! A must have CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTSTANDING WORK OF MUSICAL ARTISTRY!

    'The Innocent Years,' the much anticipated, eagerly awaited, NEW ALBUM, from one of Nashville's finest. Kathy's music defies classification, and she is easily one of the most eminent interpreters of a song, with her expressive, sumptuous voice VERY prominent on this album. Ms. Mattea has long been making mature, reflective music, and this body of work is NO exception. A remarkable collection of songs, that encompasses the joys and sorrows that life has to offer. Running you thru all the emotions with comforting vocals and amazing craftsmanship. (Backed by some of the best musicians around.) Her most personal album to date, with two self penned songs in the midst. Like an old friend, this album will live in your heart and mind LONG after you've heard it. This is a must have for anyone that appreciates GREAT music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible - simply incredible

    I'm a loyal Kathy Mattea fan, and this album is a wonderful collection. It's very mature, very rounded musically and lyrically, and I can't find a single cut that doesn't grab me in an emotional way. Lots of reflection, lots of warm fuzzies, lots of thinking, and lots of incredible musicianship and vocal acuity. My fave cuts are: Out of the Blue and Callin My Name. It's also nice to hear Kathy's writing 'voice' in these tunes; it's been a long time since we were treated to one that she wrote. Interestingly, each of the songs she chose to include on this album sounds as if she could have written them herself. It's a delight. GET IT!!! And then settle into your favorite spot for an hour or so for an uninterrupted first listen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It ain't eighteen wheels but if deserves a dozen roses

    My wife and I are fans of Ms. Mattea so we are a little biased. I think this is one of her best works; every song is good to excellent. I especially like 'That's the deal' and Why can't we'. I even like the obligatory novelty track BFD. My wife, Susan likes 'Innocent Years' but perfers her 'Love Travels' better. We saw Ms. Mattea live in Wacxo Tx. recently. She included most of the songs on this albumn in her concert. We knew this albumn was going to be good. Bottom line if you don't like country music you may like this albumn and Kathy Mattea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mattea's Latest a Winner

    Kathy Mattea's latest CD is an absolute gem. I wasn't sure that she could ever top her last selection, Love Travels, but The Innocent Years, surpasses Love Travels by far. The songs are thought-provoking essays on life and yet never verge on being sanctimonious. Everyone struggling with the demands of today's hectic world should listen and absorb Why Can't We and That's the Deal.

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