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Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Richey finds her inspiration in the Southern-California country-rock of Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles, and the folk-rock of Tom Petty and the Byrds. The album is full of Beatles-esque touches, such as the string quartet on... more »
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Richey finds her inspiration in the Southern-California country-rock of Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles, and the folk-rock of Tom Petty and the Byrds. The album is full of Beatles-esque touches, such as the string quartet on "Can't Find the Words," the odd McCartney-esque intervals on "Let the Sun Fall Down," or the open tuning and uptempo, three-part vocal harmonies on "Good." If Nashville labels can keep releasing country tributes to the Beatles, surely there's room in town for a woman who can come up with new Beatles-esque songs. And inasmuch as Richey is exploring the strain of the Beatles' music that comes straight out of the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly, surely there's a country audience for her. --Geoffrey Himes
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The Best Album You've Never Heard
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard Kim Richey sing on Austin City Limits back in the mid-90s. I was channel-surfing and caught a bit of her voice that stopped my clicker in its tracks. Her talents (and those of her band) were so amazing that I sat and watched the entire show - and luckily caught the Indigo Girls, too. Richey has the most beautiful, moving voice, with a range of depth and character that compels you sit down and listen to her lyrics. She has a way with writing songs - a way that tells stories we can all relate to - that feels a bit like Joni Mitchell.If you've never heard Kim Richey and you're an eclectic music fan, buy this album. You won't regret it."
The Little Album That Could
"Tee" | LA | 10/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album came out in 1995 with only a modest bit of publicity. It spent all of one week on BILLBOARD's country album chart in number 74 position. Yet here it is ten years later and the album is still in print (unlike many top ten ones from the same year!) and selling quite well judging by Amazon's count. The reason is clear - Kim Richey is a wonderful singer and an extraordinary songwriter. This is her most conventionally "country" work although it pushes the envelope with it's innovative arrangements and vocal stylings.
The songs are so good - the haunting, rocking "Those Words We Said" - the whimsical "Just My Luck" - the delightful "Here I Go Again" - the sassy "Good". Many of these songs were later covered by more mainstream country singers who had moderate hits on them but these singers simply could not do the songs justice. I think if the label had put a little more push behind Kim she would have been another Mary Chapin-Carpenter with a string of major hits and awards. All of the songs are winners. I've played my cassette of this tape for 10 years now on a regular basis. Kim's no so country anymore, still producing good music though. It's definately country music's loss."
Chris S. | atlanta, ga United States | 07/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kim Richey's critically praised but commercially overlooked debut disc begs one question throughout it's length--why the hell
isn't this woman a star? Though highly regarded as a songwriter for others in Nashville, she managed to save some of her finest for this album, with not a bad cut among the thirteen tracks. She also remains one of music's most clever writers--lines like 'love is wearing at the seams'('That's Exactly What I Mean') and '..still hear the echoes of those bitter words we said, and I could drive a million miles and never drive them from my head'('Those Words We Said')not only distinguish her lyrically, but never fall into a trap of cliched phrasings. Highlights include both of the previously mentioned, as well as 'Just Like The Moon','Just My Luck', and 'From Where I Stand'. Highly recommended listening."