wonderful form. Despite some to-die-for beauty in Michael Shay's cello
contributions, lyrics like "Why do you run/What's with the guns/ lilting
moon is the eye of the consciousness," I am afraid lost me a bit.
Two songs that especially blew me away were ‘Garden’ and ‘Now.’ They
are both of epic six-minutes-plus length, but they tell beautiful
stories of lovers' miscommunications and shocking self-revelation
that cut down
on the arcane metaphors and instead proclaim lyrics that are
very emotion-driven and extremely affecting. The CD concludes
with the extremely spare ‘This
Raging Moment,’ which almost sounds like a whispered prayer- the
color is again stunning and the lyrics are much more straightforward
proclaiming the power of having a song activate the feelings
inside you. It's a lovely
song that only dabbles a teeny bit in the too-weird imagery.
The bonus track is short, surprising and lovely with its unheard-before-
beautiful piano licks under some of Libby's most gorgeous vocals.
I wish I had the words for this ‘hidden’ track to completely
grasp what Ms. K. is singing about in this beautiful little
postlude. But no
matter, these final two gems are stunning ways to end this
CD full of impressive vocals and tremendously well-done music.
This may be an oft-confusing CD
lyric-wise, but it's still a very artistically worthy and well-done
enterprise.” -– P.
Kellach Waddle, editor, Folkwax
"Libby Kirkpatrick has produced the best singer-songwriter album
that I’ve heard so far this year, and that’s for women and
men. Although Kirkpatrick’s instrumentation isn’t especially
innovative (a warm bed of acoustic bass and guitar, drums, with the occasional
addition of flugelhorn, balsa flute, and cello) her writing is what is
superb. Instead of throwing together songs that simply consist of
verses and choruses,Kirkpatrick’s use of multiple transitions and
her different vocal arrangements for each successive verse or chorus create
the feeling that instead of hearing songs that requisitely repeat until
their finish, we have songs that have a true beginnings, middles,and ends. Each
song is a story, lyrically and musically, and that’s rare." -– Joel
Dunham, CD Reviews