The Loving Kind (Nanci Griffith album)

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The Loving Kind
Studio album by Nanci Griffith
Released June 9, 2009 (2009-06-09)
Label Rounder Records
Nanci Griffith chronology
Ruby's Torch
(2006)
The Loving Kind
(2009)
Intersection
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[2]
BBC Music (positive)[3]
Billboard (positive)[4]
Exclaim! (favorable)[5]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[6]
USA Today 3/4 stars[7]
For the similarly titled album by Cindy Morgan, see The Loving Kind (Cindy Morgan album)

The Loving Kind is the 19th album by singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith. It was released June 9, 2009 on Rounder Records. Comprising thirteen songs (A fourteenth was released as a bonus track on iTunes), it was her first release of all new material since 2005. The album tackles political topics such as Loving vs. Virginia ("The Loving Kind") and capital punishment ("Not Innocent Enough"), as well as songs about Griffith's heroes, such as Townes Van Zandt ("Up Against the Rain").[8] BBC Music gave the album a generally positive review, stating that "It does sound like her muse is finally on the mend."[3]

Lyrics and inspiration[edit]

The lyrics in The Loving Kind are much more political than Griffith's previous work. The song The Loving Kind was written after Griffith read an obituary of Mildred Loving, the plaintiff in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia that invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

"Money Changes Everything" and "Things I Don't Need" reflect the economic downturn that took place as the album was being written. "Up Against the Rain" and "Cotton" were written about Townes Van Zandt and Lyndon B. Johnson, while "Not Innocent Enough" is about Phillip Workman, a man who was sentenced to death after the shooting of a police officer. "Across America" is about Barack Obama's campaign, while "Still Life" is a glaring criticism of George W. Bush. "Sing" is an autobiographical song about Griffith's love for Folk and Country Music.

Reception[edit]

The album received mostly positive reviews. USA Today's Jerry Shriver gave the album 3 out of 4 stars, stating: "Wielding a clear, insistent voice and a soft acoustic guitar, the folkie star tackles a host of weighty topics, including interracial marriage, capital punishment and the second Bush era. But this is no tedious polemic: A crack backing group renders sweet country-inflected arrangements, and Griffith tosses in a couple of honky-tonkish weepers and a tender ode to Townes Van Zant [sic]."[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. The Loving Kind
  2. Money Changes Everything
  3. One of These Days
  4. Up Against the Rain
  5. Cotton
  6. Not Innocent Enough
  7. Across America
  8. Party Girl
  9. Sing
  10. Things I Don't Need
  11. Still Life
  12. Tequila After Midnight
  13. Pour Me a Drink
  14. Love is Love (iTunes bonus track)

Out of the fourteen tracks on the album, nine were written by Griffith. "Money Changes Everything", "Party Girl", "Tequila After Midnight", and "Pour Me a Drink" are covers of other artists' work. "One of These Days" was written by Griffith for her The Last of the True Believers album in the 1980s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "The Loving Kind - Nanci Griffith". AllMusic. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (June 26, 2009). "Nanci Griffith: The Loving Kind (Rounder)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lusk, John (June 15, 2009). "Review of Nanci Griffith - The Loving Kind". BBC Music. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nanci Griffith - Loving Kind CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Doole, Kerry (August 2009). "Nanci Griffith - The Loving Kind". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Horowitz, Steve (June 9, 2009). "Nanci Griffith: The Loving Kind". PopMatters. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Shriver, Jerry (2009-06-12). "Nanci Griffith, The Loving Kind: Velvet Glove". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  8. ^ Griffith, Nanci. "The Loving Kind".