Patty Larkin, by John Noyd of Maximum Ink
Alice Schneiderman | MADISON, WI United States | 02/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Continuing her exploration of ambient sounds and international rhythms against a backdrop of incredibly playful guitar, Patty Larkin's latest, "Red = Luck," opens up new possibilities even as she delves further into her roots. Although it is an over-worked metaphor, Patty's music is a tapestry. From electric Celtic jazz to polished honky-tonk lounge, influential threads converge in well-tuned settings of rich textures and original flavors. A hushed voice with burnished rock-blues grit sails over the tight weave of angelic choirs and intricate guitar. Blues meet global beats as infectious grooves are brought to a languid boil, half-untamed and bewitchingly seductive. Exotic fates dance to crackling passions, familiar feelings awake and unfold in poetic phrases, making the casually sophisticated, "Red = Luck," this year's safest bet. John Noyd, Maximum Ink music magazine"
Great production propels songs to the heights
rash67 | USA | 10/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On the contrary, it is the production which makes these songs! Without the complex detailed production stuff in the background, as folksongs, they might be rather ordinary. Spectacular recording quality and deep, wide, detailed soundstage propels these folk-ish/Celtic songs into new unimagined realms.Deeply felt lyrics from Patty, offset, contrasted, or enhanced by the background."The Cranes" is a masterpiece, shimmers and hangs in the air like the chevron of flying birds she describes, the melody gets in your brain and sticks. "24/7/365" compulsive full-time love. "Birmingham" comments on the downside of Capitalism. Where are the "children" of yesterday? Get away from it all, Escape with your lover and "Fly away down the Boulevard". In "Italian Shoes" she is undecided about letting her lover know how she really feels.Impressionist/Expressionist paintings in sound. Everyone who hears it at my house says "that's really great, who is it??"The more you listen, the more you like it."
Any Patty Larkin CD is a masterpiece.
M. Mangano | Los Angeles, CA USA | 06/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you haven't heard Patty Larkin I envy you your first listen. If you have just buy this and get it over with. She sings like an angel and tells stories you can identify with. Some of the best of the "singer-songwriter" stuff you will ever find."