The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JOE BREEN

Amer­i­can Kid New West Song­writer Patty Grif­fin is a child of an Ir­ish-Amer­i­can fam­ily, and it is an ed­u­ca­tion and a plea­sure to hear her sin­gu­lar voice give vivid ex­pres­sion to that com­plex hy­phen­ated iden­tity. Grif­fin has ex­plored fa­mil­ial roots be­fore, notably on Im­pos­si­ble Dream, but here she faces up to an un­wel­come mile­stone: the death of her fa­ther. She has said that Amer­i­can Kid is in­tended to hon­our his mem­ory, and she can rest as­sured that it does. It also seals Grif­fin’s rep­u­ta­tion as a re­mark­able artist in the roots tra­di­tion as she sub­tly con­verts her grief into an ab­sorb­ing se­ries of songs that cover a life, mak­ing the or­di­nary seem ex­tra­or­di­nary. Her voice, so frag­ile and yet so strong, lives each note. the ef­fect is un­der­lined by a lean pro­duc­tion, with new hus­band Robert Plant adding un­der­stated sup­port. Mu­sic that de­liv­ers a shiver each time. Pat­ty­grif­ Down­load: Don’t Let Me Die In Florida, Ir­ish Boy, Gonna Miss You When Your Gone

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