The Innocent Years

The Innocent Years

by Kathy Mattea


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

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