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Sunday 23 November 2014

Patty Griffin

Children Running Through (ATO)

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.

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