Children Running Through (ATO)
There is a freshness and gusto to Patty Griffin's songs that belie the singer's forty- something years.
At a time when many artists are settling into the comfort zone with their 'made-for-life' sales proceeds or jumping on the 'one-more-for-the- road' reunion bandwagon, Griffin continues to plough a long and lonely furrow by cutting tracks like her whole life depended on it.
Griffin's musical career began in the mid-90s with the excellent Living With Ghosts. More than a decade later - earlier this year - she made an even better record, the near-perfect Children Running Through.
In Trapeze, with the grand-mummy of country, Emmylou Harris, providing the harmony vocals, and Heavenly Day, a beautiful track laced with raw emotion, Griffin conjured up two of the year's most remarkable songs.