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Most recent release, Tell the Wind (2006)
An older and tamed Michelle Shocked
This is typical contemporary folk quite melancholic both lyrically and musically. Patti is 42, she has already lived through a lot of things and the songs reflect that. The closest comparison I can think of is Michelle Shocked but an older and tamer one: while Michelle still fights; Patti gives the impression that she is resigned to things. (Yves.Denneulin@imag.fr)
Recommended first album:
land of souvenirs is the only one we've heard
Medium if you are into folk, low else
Patti Witten—voice, acoustic guitar, kantele
Rich DePaolo—bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, tiple, harmonium, and more melodies per cubic inch
Folk music is mostly based on feelings, a good folksinger is thus one who can convey feelings with his/her music. A very good one can make you feel the same, that's what Ani Difranco does perfectly, for example. With this album I feel that Patti does only the first part. Her lyrics and music are good but she sounds to me a little too "classical"; she doesn't want to really go loose. This is frustrating because she has the potential for that, I think: some songs on the disc prove it, like the beautiful "Ask me about your dad", delicate and strong at the same time, or the rewarding "Walk a mile".
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