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The White Album – 2000 (Rustic)
Reviewed by Clarissa Sansone
The White Album (2000)
Tammy Patrick’s first solo effort is a mixed bag of lovely silken vocals and lyrics that run from simply poignant to simply unremarkable. The native of White, South Dakota (the small farming town in the album’s title), relocated to Phoenix, and the musicians’ credits represent a cross sample of that town’s local talent.The record, according to the liner notes, was inspired by Patrick’s trip back to White for her grandfather’s funeral. The collection begins with a cloying spoken-word track about the praries that could well turn the listener off, but the rest is worth hearing.
“Coming Home,” the first song, is chock-full of recycled small-town images, but has a catchy melody and chorus. “Shovel Birds,” lyrically the most interesting number, gives a whimsical description of lawn ornaments that include “marigolds in toilet bowls.”
“Crashing Down on Me,” a straightforward tale of desolation with a good sad fiddle whine to accompany it, is one of the best tracks. Also noteworthy is Patrick’s cover of “Blue Again,” which highlights her vulnerable vocals slipping easily from high to low. Patrick does a bluegrassy rendition of “This Old House,” and sings Daly’s “1968″; the rest of the tunes she wrote herself or cowrote.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful songs – beautifully performed July 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CDTammy’s album captures a sense a time and place on the open prairie. Her voice soars over beautifully performed songs about home and family that plants the listener firmly in South Dakota soil. From the hearttugging “Crashin Down on Me” to the rollicking “No Place” Ms. Patrick delivers heart and passion on this 12 song disc. Stick around for an a capella hidden track that recounts a family history. Beautiful music beautifully played. I loved it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes us all home. February 17, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CDThe folky stylings of Ms. Patrick tend to trace their roots to the tradition of top female songstressses the likes of Patsy Cline, Joni Mitchell, and Carol King. While at the same time the vulnerable side of Ms. Joplin (if she had one) is woven in as well. This recording along with the tasteful poetic introduction will transport the listener to another time and place. Those of us with our roots on the farm can smell the fresh-cut hay and the sweet wisps of lilac on the air as we listen. This album is about family and what it means to us. If you ask me this is what we all need right now a little dose of good-old, down-home musical love. The music is tastefully written and executed in a beautiful manner. I truly enjoy this album and believe Ms. Patrick has struck a chord, and it sounds sooooo good to me. I hope she writes a duet someday and needs a partner to sing it with. I’ll be the first in line.