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Bitter Sweet [Kim Richey]
1. Every River
2. I'm Alright
3. Wildest Dreams
4. Straight as the Crow Flies
5. I Know
7. To Tell the Truth
8. My Whole World
9. Lonesome Side of Town, The
10. Don't Let Me Down Easy
11. Let It Roll
12. Why Can't I Say Goodnight
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 534255
Angelo; Angelo; John Leventhal
John Leventhal; Kevin Killen; Peter Coleman
Personnel: Kim Richey (vocals); Angelo (acoustic & electric guitars, baritone guitar, background vocals); Kenny Vaughan (acoustic & electric guitars, baritone guitar); John Leventhal (guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion, background vocals); Ty Tyler (dobro); Dan Dugmore (pedal steel guitar, banjo); Sam Bush (mandolin); Pamela Sixfin (violin); Kristin Wilkinson (viola); John Ketchings (cello); Jimmy Fitting (harmonica); Tony Harrell (accordion, organ, electric piano); Andrew Mazzone (bass); Billy Beard, Shawn Pelton (drums); Chris Rodriguez, Tom Littlefield, Mandy Barnett, Joy Lynn White, John Crooke (background vocals).
Recorded at Treasure Isle Recorders, Nashville, Tennessee.
Personnel: Kim Richey (vocals, background vocals); Tom Littlefield (vocals, background vocals); Will Kimbrough (vocals); Kenny Vaughan (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); John Leventhal (guitar, keyboards, percussion); Angelo (acoustic guitar); Ty Tyler (dobro); Dan Dugmore (banjo, mandolin); Sam Bush (mandolin); Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson (violin); Kristin Wilkinson (viola); John Ketchings (cello); Jim Fitting (harmonica); Tony Harrell (accordion, piano); Andrew Mazzone (upright bass); Shawn Pelton, Billy Beard (drums); Chris Rodriguez, John Crooke, Joy Lynn White, Mandy Barnett (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Peter Coleman.
Recording information: 12th Street Studios; Shelter Island Sound, New York, NY; Treasure Isle Recorders, Nashville, TN.
Illustrator: Gerard Dubois.
Photographer: Frank Ockenfels.
Arranger: David Davidson .
On her second album, Kim Richey stands with one foot in the commercial country world and the other in the "alternative" country realm; she seems poised to gain a solid toehold in whichever style she chooses. Though Richey possesses a strong, clear voice and is an excellent harmony singer, her real asset as a solo artist lies in her songwriting. She is not afraid to leave herself slightly vulnerable, and that vulnerability and emotional honesty is her songs' greatest strength.
The album's production (by Angelo, with John Leventhal producing one track) owes much of its sound to contemporary triple-A or Americana radio formats, with a dense combination of acoustic and electric instrumentation that helps give the record a fullness, but also leaves little room for individual instruments to stand out. Most successful are tracks like "I'm Alright," "I Know" and "The Lonesome Side of Town," where a prominent beat keeps the song moving forward and the listener closely attuned to Richey's ample talent.
Spin (5/97, pp.115-116) - "...Complicating Rosanne Cash's prettiness with Lucinda Williams's worn sensuality, Richey's voice conveys both unadorned directness and awesome range....in running crooked across modern country's fractured camps and simplistic themes, Richey is...the honky-tonk angel as zigzag wanderer."
Entertainment Weekly (3/7/97, p.67) - "...Kim Richey's second release displays a more worldly lyrical stance and a tougher sound than the Nashville norm. Add to that her angel-with-a-past voice and BITTER SWEET becomes a near-perfect album of cutting-edge country that has as much heart as attitude." - Rating: A
Q (4/97, p.128) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...A benchmark against which the rest of the year's country albums must be judged, Richey's peers and previous clients should be wondering exactly how they're going to match it."
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