Mark Y. from CLIFTON PARK, NY Reviewed on 5/5/2007...
album with "sunny came home" on it.
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I like it but...
Scott B. Saul | COOPER CITY, FL USA | 09/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good cd but this artist has so much more substance live. Her accompanying guitar player was very expressive. I saw them live on (I think) soundstage and she was really good. These songs took on a different light in a live context."
If I Were Brave...
Edward Francis | Harrisburg, PA | 12/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the late 90's Shawn Colvin was one of many in the "angry female singer with guitar" genre. However she is one of the few to not only outlast but to PREDATE this trend. Shawn has been running her own show from the ground up for years and put out consistantly (albiet long-awaited) solid work throwing back memories of Carly Simon and Carol King in terms of emotional poingnancy and clarity. Her work is evocative in its lyrics and in its overall sound and feel.
A Few Small Repairs was the album that put Shawn Colvin on the mainstream map and it's not hard to see why: The album title is taken from the first song (and the biggest single) Sonny Came Home: A hard-edged, slightly-lilting guitar hook filled with urgency immediatly pulls one into the emotional trip this album takes. Shawn seems primarily concerned on this album with finding meaning in life and doing what it takes to be happy. This takes many forms: Sonny Came Home is clearly one woman's escape from an abusive spouse. Several other songs on the album point to this "broken relationship" theme.
This is all pretty standard fare but in my opinion the true emotional center of the album comes from "If I Were Brave." Colvin speaks an indesputible truth: She is trying to do the best that she can and try as she might...her song uses biting irony to show that sometimes you can't be more than you are by simply putting on a "brave" facade for the world and trying to live a life that is not true to your nature. This reviewer has seen clarity of prose and verse like this only amongst some of the finest songwriters of our time."
Monticello Radio Man | Minnesota | 03/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a great CD. Such a fresh sound. Really sounds like she is having fun when she is singing. What a unique style. I will seek out other SC CD's after hearing this masterpiece.