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Rise [Kim Richey]
1. Girl in a Car
2. Place Called Home, A
3. Me and You
4. Circus Song, The (Can't Let Go)
6. Without You
7. Reel Me In
8. No Judges
9. This Love
10. Good Day Here
11. Electric Green
12. Hard to Say Goodbye
13. Cowards in a Brave New World
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 170327
Personnel: Kim Richey (vocals, acoustic guitar, sound effects); Bill Bottrell (acoustic & electric guitars, pedal steel guitar, banjo, bouzouki, strings, melodica, harmonium, Wurlitzer organ, Hammond B-3 organ, Mini-Moog synthesizer, keyboards, samples, background vocals); Chuck Prophet (acoustic guitar, bouzouki); Pete Droge (electric guitar); Roger Fritz (electric guitar, piano); Birdie (bass, vibraslap, washtub, percussion); Brian McLeod (drums, tambourine, percussion); Kim Richey (background vocals).
Recorded at William's Place Studio, Caspar, California.
Personnel: Kim Richey (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Pete Droge (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar); Bill Bottrell (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, bouzouki, harmonica, melodica, piano, harmonium, Farfisa, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer, drums, background vocals); Chuck Prophet (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki, percussion); Roger Fritz (electric guitar, piano); Birdie (piano, vibraslap, percussion).
Recording information: William's Place Studio, Caspar, CA.
Photographer: James Minchin.
There's a lot about Kim Richey's Rise that is intriguing. All of it seems to circle around the balancing of playful and contemplative moods. The lyrics, the instrumentation, the arrangements -- all are means to that intriguing end. She sits a song that reminisces about the greatest show on Earth ("The Circus Song") right next to a haunting ballad that struggles peacefully to hold on to the memories of a love affair ("Fading.") The mood shifts dramatically between the two, but it's OK. It's real. It's so much how a heart beats and how a mind thinks that you don't really notice. The timing of an album's release is always interesting to watch as well. In the same way Sheryl Crow's C'mon C'mon was a perfect spring/summer listen, Rise hitting the streets in October can't have been a coincidence. The crisp air and shimmering colors of autumn bleed into the quietude and introspection of winter in the same seamless way these songs flow into one another. The really cool thing is that these tunes are a total grab-bag of styles, rhythms, and attitudes, like a game of musical Tetris being played from track to track. Producer Bill Bottrell guides the pieces with a careful and creative hand, making each song excitingly unpredictable, both individually and as part of the collective soundscape. If you've never heard Richey's work, come on in, the water's perfect. If you have heard her previous efforts, forget what you know (no matter what that is) and dive in too. Rise is sure to please even the most fickle listener. ~ Kelly McCartney
Rolling Stone (2/6/03, p.62) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Richey has created an album of stunning pop rock, its poetic lyrics awash in a subtle sonic palette of exotica..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/25/02, p.77) - "...A spooky truth hangs over the project...it sounds like nothing in Richey's pop-country past..." - Rating: A
Q (11/02, p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...For articulate, melodic songs of the heart, this is highly recommended..."
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