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American Kid is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, released on May 7, 2013, by New West Records. The album was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee. Griffin recorded the album as a tribute to her late father.[1]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[2]
American Songwriter4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[3]
4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[4]
Blurt5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[5]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[6]
Exclaim!8/10[7]
The Independent4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[8]
musicOMH4.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[9]
The Observer4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[10]
Paste9/10[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[12]
Uncut7/10[13]

American Kid has been universally acclaimed by music critics. At Metacritic, the assign a weighted average score to ratings and reviews from mainstream music critics, which the Metascore for the album is 85, and this is based on 15 reviews.[14] At AnyDecentMusic?, they have a weighted average rating of an 8.5-out-of-ten, and this is based upon 12 reviews and ratings.[15]

Thom Jurek of Allmusic found that "with its immediacy, economy, cagey strength, and vulnerability," that the artist has created a release meant "not as gifts or statements, but as her own evidence of what is, what was, and what yet may come."[2] At American Songwriter, Jim Beviglia proclaimed the album to be "a tour de force of nimble songwriting and emotional performances."[3] Also at American Songwriter, Hal Horowitz called it "shimmering music you won't soon forget."[4] Jordan Mainzer of musicOMH called it "one of the best albums of the year so far."[9] At Blurt, Steve Pick vowed that "this perhaps [is] her finest hour."[5] Martin Chilton of The Daily Telegraph noted how "American Kid is a triumph of songwriting and expressive singing."[6] At Exclaim!, Jason Schneider alluded to how this release "puts the full range of her talent on display."[7]

Nick Coleman of The Independent told that this is "a compelling experience."[8] At The Observer, Neil Spencer proclaimed this to be "a triumph."[10] Holly Gleason of Paste highlighted how Griffin is using "emotional truths", and "cutting to the quick," with a "razor-sharp sense of detail has never been sharper".[11] At Rolling Stone, Will Hermes noted how "it's clear her writing remains as surprising as it is masterful."[12] Rob Hughes of Uncut called this "a bewitching piece of work, with or without the hired help", which is because her "elegant phrasing and nuanced delivery", and in doing so the album "manages to sound deeply affectionate without being sentimental."[13]

Track listing

All tracks written by Patty Griffin, except where noted otherwise.
Tracklist
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Go Wherever You Wanna Go" 3:46
2."Don't Let Me Die in Florida" 3:46
3."Ohio" 5:12
4."Wild Old Dog" 4:47
5."Mom & Dad's Waltz"Lefty Frizzell2:55
6."Faithful Son" 4:54
7."Highway Song"Griffin, Robert Plant3:13
8."That Kind of Lonely" 4:22
9."Irish Boy" 2:47
10."Get Ready Marie" 3:00
11."Not a Bad Man" 3:48
12."Gonna Miss You When You're Gone" 4:05
Total length:46:35

Personnel

  • Patty Griffin - vocals (all songs), guitar (1-8, 10-12), piano (9)
  • Cody Dickinson - drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 10), percussion (1, 3, 4, 6), jug (10)
  • Luther Dickinson - guitar (3, 4, 5, 6, 10), slide guitar (1), canjo (2)
  • Doug Lancio - mandolin (1, 4, 5, 10), guitar (2, 3, 5, 6), baritone guitar (11)
  • Craig Ross - guitar (1, 3, 7, 8), baritone guitar (2, 3, 4, 7), bass (2, 10), organ (6, 7), piano (11), backing vocals (6), percussion (3), Omnichord (12)
  • Robert Plant - duet vocals (3, 7), backing vocals (6)
  • Byron House - bowed bass (7, 8)
  • John Deaderick - organ (10, 12), piano (10)
  • Luther, Cody, Doug, Roy, Patty - drunken choir (10)
  • Mike Poole - mixing (all songs)

Chart performance

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[16] 36
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[17] 4
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[18] 5
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[19] 11
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[20] 3

References

  1. Schlansky, Evan (March 7, 2013). "'Patty Griffin Explores Family Ties On American Kid'". American Songwriter. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jurek, Tom (May 7, 2013). "American Kid - Patty Griffin : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmmusic. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Beviglia, Jim (May 5, 2013). "Patty Griffin: American Kid". American Songwriter. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Horowitz, Hal (May 6, 2013). "Patty Griffin: American Kid". American Songwriter. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Pick, Steve (May 9, 2013). "PATTY GRIFFIN – American Kid". Blurt. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chilton, Martin (June 11, 2013). "Patty Griffin, American Kid, album review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Schneider, Jason (May 8, 2013). "Patty Griffin - American Kid". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Coleman, Nick (May 11, 2013). "Album: Patty Griffin, American Kid (Columbia)". The Independent. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Mainzer, Jordan (May 14, 2013). "Patty Griffin – American Kid". musicOMH. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Spencer, Neil (May 12, 2013). "Patty Griffin: American Kid – review". The Observer. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 Gleason, Holly (May 7, 2013). "Patty Griffin: American Kid". Paste. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 Hermes, Will (May 17, 2013). "Patty Griffin, American Kid". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 Hughes, Rob (June 2013). "Patty Griffin: American Kid (Columbia/New West)". Uncut (193): 70. 
  14. Metacritic (May 7, 2013). "Critic Reviews for American Kid". CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  15. AnyDecentMusic? (May 7, 2013). "American Kid by Patty Griffin reviews". PalmerWatson. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  16. "Patty Griffin – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Patty Griffin.
  17. "Patty Griffin – Chart history" Billboard Folk Albums for Patty Griffin.
  18. "Patty Griffin – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Patty Griffin.
  19. "Patty Griffin – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Patty Griffin.
  20. "Patty Griffin – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Patty Griffin.

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