“An A+ record is an organically conceived masterpiece that repays prolonged listening with new excitement and insight. It is unlikely to be marred by more than one merely ordinary cut.”
- Robert Christgau
Patty Griffin’s “1000 Kisses” is one of two albums on this list (the other to be announced soon) that reaches the “A+” level, as defined by Christgau. From the first chords of “Rain” through the closing notes of the final reprise, “1000 Kisses” is an absolute masterpiece. And even though the album is short by today’s standards (right around 40 minutes), there is not a single cut on it that is less than great. Best known before this album for her songwriting skills, Griffin proves here that she is also a great singer – and Doug Lancio’s production provides her with the perfect accompaniment.
I’m not sure what else there is to say – instead, just listen.
“Long Ride Home”