Bitter Sweet

Bitter Sweet

by Kim Richey


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Kim Richey's second album avoids any sophomore slump and moves her toward a more pop-oriented sound than heard on her debut. The southern California sound of the late '70s looms large; the most obvious point of reference, both musically and thematically, is Karla Bonoff's self-titled first album, the one that Linda Ronstadt mined for her, Hasten Down the Wind. This means that on contemporary terms, Bitter Sweet falls somewhere between Rosanne Cash's country and Shawn Colvin's folk. Richey's songs are intimate examinations of romantic relationships between women and men, more often than not ones that have gone awry. But Richey sings even the most broken-hearted of the songs with a sense of optimism, and thus avoids sinking into maudlin self-pity. Best of all, Richey is a fine lyricist, capable of taking a cliché and twisting it or reinvesting everyday language with meaning. One such example is the single "I'm Alright," which starts with the throwaway line, "After all was said and done," followed by the abrupt, "There was nothing left to do." Throughout Bitter Sweet, Kim Richey makes it plain that she was one of the most gifted songwriters working out of Nashville in the late '90s.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/1997
Label: Mercury Nashville
UPC: 0731453425521
catalogNumber: 534255
Rank: 137363

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kim Richey   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Angelo   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Billy Beard   Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Dan Dugmore   Banjo,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Fitting   Harmonica
Tony Harrell   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Vox Organ,Vox Continental
John Leventhal   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Kenny Vaughan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Baritone
Joy Lynn White   Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Mandy Barnett   Background Vocals
Tom Littlefield   Vocals,Background Vocals
Will Kimbrough   Vocals
John Ketchings   Cello
Andrew Mazzone   Bass,Upright Bass
John Crooke   Background Vocals
Ty Tyler   Dobro

Technical Credits

Angelo   Producer
Peter Coleman   Engineer
David Davidson   Arranger
Kevin Killen   Engineer
John Leventhal   Producer,Engineer
Buddy Jackson   Art Direction
Jim Kemp   Art Direction
Gerard Dubois   Illustrations
Angelo   Producer

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