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Kathy Mattea - Right Out of Nowhere (2005) Retail CD
Prime Cuts: Right Out of Nowhere, I Hope You're Happy Now, Give It Away
Despite the ebbs and flows of the changing soundcape of country music--be it the horrid Line Dancing faze or the current Muzik Mafia assault--Kathy Mattea has remained steadfast. Ever since her inaugural CD in 1984, Mattea has anchored her music in her brand of folk-country without amercing to blatant commercialism. Hence, she has left behind a rich legacy of memorial tales that capture lives' most bodacious moments: Who would forget the fairytale romance at the "Five and Dime" ("Love at the Five and Dime") or the galmore… whose dreams were bigger than Texas ("She Came From Fort Worth")? Though there's nothing quite as piquant as the aforementioned hits, "Right Out of Nowhere" has its share of tunes that ought to continue to intrigue, inspire and harbor bittersweet memories.
Self-produced, "Right Out of Nowhere" is perhaps Mattea's most personal record to date. Coming right off a difficult time (her parents' death and a near breakup of her lengthy marriage), "Right Out of Nowhere" is therapeutic in many ways to Mattea and anyone who has had been through tribulations. Dealing with the theme of venturing into the unknown future, Mattea's warm alto is seasoned with a quiet affirmation of faith as she tackles the acoustic sounding title track. As if she was singing right to herself, the Celtic-flavored "Love's Not Through With Me Yet," offers assurance of love's entangling powers. Most welcomed is fellow artist Suzy Bogguss' harmony vocals which adds support like the presence of a much needed old friend in a time of want. The theme of making most of life (a perennial concern in Mattea's catalog) surfaces again in the celebratory Harley Allen-penned "Live It," underscored by some relentless sounding jaw harp and harmonica.
But, the album's most intimate comes in its quieter moments: Angela Kaset and Skip Ewing's "I Hope You're Happy Now" easily takes the spotlight. An intense piano based ballad, "I Hope You're Happy Now" finds Mattea running into her ex's new woman only to find that he has dumped her too --the remainder of the song finds Mattea berating this Casanova for his heartlessness and lack of commitment. This is heart-wrenching stuff and from the first note, this track spells "hit." But in Mattea's musical world, not everything ends on a bitter note: "Give It Away," a ballad co-written by Mattea's hubby Jon Vezner, offers forgiveness to a brawling couple. While the philosophical "Only Heaven Knows" finds Mattea committing the mystery of suffering to the hands of the Divine.
However, despite being quite a stellar album, there were a few misfires. Though Mattea is to be congratulated for her gutsy move in offering an acoustic read of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," it's not the most quintessential track from their catalog. On "Hurt Some" she offers some timely advice to women about relationships, but her exhortations falls flat due to the song's lack of a strong melody line. Also, her bluegrassy take of the traditional gospel "Wade in the Water" is predictable at best. Overall, the pride and place of "Right Out of Nowhere" resides in Mattea's heartfelt nuances that she brings to these songs. Further, "I Hope You're Happy Now" is such a gorgeously heartbreaking ballad that would be enough reason to purchase this CD.
|1||Right Outta Nowhere|
|4||Love's Not Through With You Yet|
|5||Loving You, Letting You Go|
|7||I Hope You're Happy Now|
|8||Down On The Corner|
|9||Only Heaven Knows|
|10||Give It Away|
|11||Wade In The Water|
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