Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Kind Hearted Woman
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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Andrew W. Gottfried | Bay Village, OH | 12/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After gaining acquaintance with her earlier works, I stumbled upon this hard-to-find CD and soon found it utterly enchanting. The first few tracks might turn the non-Shocked fan away, but the subtle musical beauty of track 4's "Cold Comfort" has to be appreciated by anyone with an ear for simple melody. Shocked's flair for real-life stories of the so-called American-Dream gone awry may lead you to melancholic reminiscing or passive, joyful celebration. Often the pleasing sound of her music is inverted with the subtle angst of her stories. Track 6, "A Child-Like Grace" convinces me that Shocked is spirit-filled person. The song cries for the untimely death of a very holy child. "Silver Spoon" gives us a glimpse, not of Michelle Shocked, but of a person many of us wish we could claim to be. It's followed by "The Hard Way", a song agonizing about leaving our childhood behind in search of maturity. The album is cohesive, beautiful and simply superb."
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Winfred Farrell | Austin, TX USA | 08/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a Michelle Shocked fan for years. Her CDs always cover a wide range of styles and the music has just become a part of my life. I laugh or cry or just feel good hearing her voice. Kind Hearted Woman was something of a departure in that it was way more intense than her previous works which can include very intense songs mixed with more upbeat stuff. This CD is just plain intense on the emotional scale. One reviewer referred to the "wailing" on the first track as being too much, but I disagree. On first listen, maybe, but it's an essential part of the album and helps set the theme for the album. And if you live in Texas, or any place where the crickets and cicadas really cut loose on a hot summer's day, then it makes more sense.
This is one of those works that is worth far more than the sum of the parts. I would be severely depressed if I had to go to a desert island with only ONE of her CDs, but this would be the one I'd take. And while it's so serious with some depressing themes, she managed to throw in the obligatory references to hobos and railroads. I smile, even though it's not a cheerful song.
If you like upbeat music, go with something like Captain Swing or Short Sharp Shocked. But if you don't mind going into a musical dark crevice, then you can't beat this gem!
Not her best, but good
Joe Sherry | Minnesota | 05/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It took me a couple of times listening to this album to really be able to enjoy it. The sound is different from both Deep Natural and Short Sharp Shocked. This isn't to say that the sound is bad, but it was different enough to require several spins on my cd player. The more I listen to this album, though, the more I like it. I'm not quite sure how to describe the music, even compared to her other work, but Michelle Shocked is one of the best musicians I've heard. The only track that I can't really listen to is the first one, "Stillborn". The wailing is too much for me. I haven't gotten into the story behind the song, but this may be a song that'll grow on me in a few years (much like "Professional Widow" by Tori Amos did). The rest of the album is quite solid and includes the gem "A Child Like Grace"."