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Genres: Folk, Pop
With her hazy, passionate, expressive alto, and slightly detached, observational lyrics, what's most accessible in Patty Larkin's music is her crisp, earthen guitar work. On the live À Gogo, she strips away the minimal ins... more »
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With her hazy, passionate, expressive alto, and slightly detached, observational lyrics, what's most accessible in Patty Larkin's music is her crisp, earthen guitar work. On the live À Gogo, she strips away the minimal instrumentation found on her studio recordings and proves she's a songwriter-guitarist who can sing. It's easy to be astonished by the instrumental "Banish Misfortune/Open Hand," a spidery exhibition of Celtic/bluegrass fingerpicking played here with a loving precision that feels like second nature. But even on vocal-heavy tracks such as the wistful, windy "Tango" and bitingly literate "Don't," Larkin's rasp flows when the instrument ebbs, like old friends in balanced conversation. She tenderly sings "I Told Him That My Dog Wouldn't Run" (which Holly Cole covers), and her inspired rumble of a voice outshines her fingers on "Me and That Train." But, for the most part, À Gogo is an album about a guitar and its girl. --Sally Weinbach
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Patty Larkin on the road and at her best
Dave | Jamesville, NY USA | 10/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It seems that some musicians are at home in the studio with all the click-tracks, reverb and other myriad digitalizing to animate their muse. Others are destined to produce their most poignant and intimate work in college halls and local clubs. Patty Larkin clearly belongs to the latter group. Her newest outing finds her pared down to her acoustic guitar and her voice. Nothing more is needed. While her studio albums have been listenable, the range and subtlety of her voice and her extraodinary acoustic guitar work can only be fully appreciated in the "unplugged" venue. Like her fellow musicians, Bruce Cockburn and Jonatha Brooke, she revels on the road. Having seen all three of them in small, intimate settings, their ability to fill a room with their mere presence, let alone extaordinary performances and raport with the audience, cannot be fully appreciated with all the overlays and tweaking of the best studio production. If any of these three come to your town - or within two hours of your town - go see and hear for yourself. In the meantime, go out and get this CD (and while your at it, treat yourself to Jonatha Brooke, Live). You won't be disappointed."
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Avalon Don | Huntington Beach, California United States | 04/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you can handle some of Patty Larkin's songwriting and dry humor, you'll be getting on "A-GoGo" a solo live guitar performance that's as good anybody has ever put down on record. Larkin combines smooth Joni Mitchell control "Banish Misfortune/Open Hand" with Amy Ray speed "Don"t" for a unique style all her own. The songs and the sound quality are "A" perfect and one listen to "Wolf At The Door" will get your batteries charged."