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Five Stories
Kris Delmhorst
Five Stories
Genres: Folk, Pop
 
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Part of Boston's vibrant (and crowded) singer-songwriter scene, Kris Delmhorst stands out thanks to a gorgeous, tender, evocative voice and a textured and varied musical palette. She opens with a funked-up reworking of ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Kris Delmhorst
Title: Five Stories
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Catalyst
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 11/6/2001
Genres: Folk, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 701237500225

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Part of Boston's vibrant (and crowded) singer-songwriter scene, Kris Delmhorst stands out thanks to a gorgeous, tender, evocative voice and a textured and varied musical palette. She opens with a funked-up reworking of "Cluck Old Hen," complete with Beck-like banjo, followed by the bittersweet "Damn Love Song," where only acoustic guitar, cello, and accordion color in the lines behind her. "Broken White Line" is graced with delicate strains of pedal steel and mandolin, while the ominous, languid "Just What I Meant," a highlight here, crawls along with occasional bursts of cello and baritone sax. And her wounded voice on the haunting chorus of "Gave It Away" sends shivers. While Delmhorst is at her most appealing when the musical settings are ambitious, her lyrics seem to benefit from a more restrained approach. Thus, songs like "Words Fail You" and "Yellow Brick Road"--with basic musical tracks and too-clever words--fall comparatively flat. But for the most part, this is a powerful sophomore effort, one where elements of traditional roots-based folk successfully mingle with modern singer-songwriter flourishes. --Marc Greilsamer

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I can't stop playing this beauitful CD!
Glenn Fink | 07/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Kris Delmhorst stands out from within the "Girls with Guitars" genre as a unique, multi-faceted, wonderful singer and songwriter. Her lyrics are strong and dynamic paired with a natural and lovely voice. That girl plays a ton of instruments and showcases those talents well on songs like "Mean Old Wind." My favorite is "Broken White Line" with its classic-sounding folk-rock nature, well elevated by original story-telling lyrics. Appetite and the older EPs are great; but for a full-fledged, enjoyable album, FIVE STORIES is the way to go. You'll be satisfied from start to finish, and then, like me, you'll press play again and start the whole experience over for another round!"
Stellar project
Glenn Fink | Arlington, VA United States | 11/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's impossible to go wrong buying this CD if you have any interest in singer-songwriters. I think the other reviews here already sum it up nicely, but it should be mentioned that many of the musicians on this album have been seen around Boston in their own successful projects. This includes Catie Curtis and Sean Staples of the Resophonics among many others. This album is well-played and given a sensitive treatment by capable hands. Add Kris's stellar voice and songwriting on top and you've got a great album that's difficult to remove from rotation. Buy without hesitation."
A remarkable folk album from a budding star
Aaron J. Adler | 07/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My husband and I discovered Kris Delmhorst when she opened a Dar Williams show in Alexandria, Va. With her warm voice, catchy tunes and accessible lyrics, it was musical love at first site. I've since bought all her albums and am DYING for the next one to come out. My favorites on this one _ so far her best _ are "Broken White Line," and "Yellow Brick Road." She is right up there with Dar as one of my favorite artists."