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“Silver Bell” was originally supposed to come out in 2000. I was a casual fan of Patty Griffin back then, but the album still remains firmly entrenched in my memory. I always believed it to be lost, but I knew I would get to hear it some day. The Dixie Chicks and Emmylou Harris are big fans of the lady. I’d follow Emmylou Harris into the depths of Hell, so I figured that I needed to jump on top of this as soon as possible. Needless to say, I was impressed.


“Silver Bell” has a lot of power behind it. I’m not saying “American Kid” didn’t, but “Silver Bell” is working on another level. You get the loud, you get the soft and most importantly…you get to hear a clear voice stun you out of your seat. I know that fans don’t like to call Griffin Alt-Country, but she’s closer to Wilco and The Byrds than any of the Nashville scene. Hell, the Nashville scene doesn’t sound like Nashville anymore. But, is that a bad thing for a traditional music set to start experimenting with musical stylings and grow?

There is so much to love here, even when Griffin slips back into old standards. The love of the waltz is present throughout the disc. “One More Girl” and “So Long” is a gorgeous one-two punch that makes you thankful that this album is finally getting released. Why did it take me so long to appreciate Griffin? The Muscle Shoals influence is present throughout the last half of the album, so I won’t hold that against it. That being said, it’s pretty amazing. “Silver Bell” is one of my favorite albums of the year.

RELEASE DATE: 10/08/2013


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