Patty Griffin: "Children Running Through"
Producers: Patty Griffin, Mike McCarthy
Release Date: Feb. 6

Patty Griffin's latest release has it all: great production, catchy tunes, strong vocals, a killer backup band and an original mix of rock, soul, country, folk and blues. The Boston-based singer/songwriter has stepped out of her comfort zone of sparse, midtempo tunes (of which there are still a few) and crafted something emotionally diverse, from her heartbreaking country duet with Emmylou Harris on "Trapeze" to the kiss off attitude in "Getting Ready." Her poignant pipes crown the touching "Up to the Mountain," which was also recorded by Solomon Burke last year. Overall, this dynamic collection has something unexpected at every turn, with each flip of her voice or hopeful flourish of strings revealing something new about this veteran jewel. --Katie Hasty