Innocent Years

Innocent Years

by Kathy Mattea
     
 

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… See more details below

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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

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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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Release Date:
05/16/2000
Label:
Mercury Nashville
UPC:
0008817013022
catalogNumber:
170130

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