herself even further in the cynical, horn-heavy track ‘To A Child,’ and when she wails on the reflective ‘This Raging Moment’ she climaxes, resonating with the unbridled passion of a young wild filly.” -– Kerry L. Smith, Women Who Rock Magazine

"Kirkpatrick gradually gave birth to the singer-songwriter represented in radiant bloom on her recently released third CD Goodnight Venus (Heart Music, www.heartmusic.com). Her first full-band studio effort, self-produced in Austin, Texas, where she’s lived for the past few years, ‘Goodnight Venus’ follows 1998’s minimalist demo Songs From The Ether and 2001’s live Winged (both now distributed by Heart Music). It’s Kirkpatrick’s most articulate and instrumentally fleshed-out statement of the musical vision she’s been cultivating at least since adolescence, perhaps since childhood. Anchored by several different rhythm sections, including the all-star tandem of bassist Sara Lee and drummer/percussionist Jerry Marotta, and embellished at pivotal moments with electric guitar (Mitch Watkins), cello, flugelhorn, bansuri flute, piano, and background vocals (Abra Moore), Kirkpatrick’s new (plus a handful of recast) songs explore the notion of connection-–between people, between humans and the planet, and between different aspects of the singer’s own persona." -– Derk Richardson, Editor, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"Libby Kirkpatrick jubilantly invokes the goddess herself in the first track of ‘Goodnight Venus,’ a vibrant tribute to love, from romantic to brotherly: ‘We're no more separate from this earth than we are from each other.’ Kirkpatrick shines superbly on her Ricky-Lee Jones-like jazzy romp, ‘Vaulted heart’, with its swelling trumpets and soars. The haunting, childlike ‘Wake Me Up’ recalls early Suzanne Vega and the song's transition from finger-picking to spirited electric guitar is seemless. ‘To A Child’ is a gleeful-yet-funky-yet-sincere invitaion to remain upbeat about life. Singer/songwriter Kirkpatrick shares compelling stories no matter what the genre." -– C.J. Carrillo, Harp Magazine

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