Children Running Through

  • Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Feb 6, 2007
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46

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  1. StevenC
    Feb 17, 2007
    6
    Really? Because I can't help but feel that this is Griffin's weakest album to date. Given her stated aim of doing an album of primarily formal exploration, I found the songs themselves were not only lacking in the kind person resonance and narrative depth we usually associate with her work, but formally and sonically unchallenging. There are, of course, some standout tracks, but Really? Because I can't help but feel that this is Griffin's weakest album to date. Given her stated aim of doing an album of primarily formal exploration, I found the songs themselves were not only lacking in the kind person resonance and narrative depth we usually associate with her work, but formally and sonically unchallenging. There are, of course, some standout tracks, but I felt as though in the majority her vocals lack context, and the songs, as a result become somewhat flat and, on a distressing number of occasions, downright grating. Expand
  2. BlarkinS
    Feb 23, 2007
    5
    It sucks. The worst CD Patty has put out ever.....Silver Bell was MUCH better than this. "Staying on the ride" is a candidate for the worst song she has ever done but "Up to the Mountain" ranks down there as well. I do not get this album. Patty is playing someone else. She should just be happy playing Patty. She aint. They never are...until they flub, like this, and then come back the It sucks. The worst CD Patty has put out ever.....Silver Bell was MUCH better than this. "Staying on the ride" is a candidate for the worst song she has ever done but "Up to the Mountain" ranks down there as well. I do not get this album. Patty is playing someone else. She should just be happy playing Patty. She aint. They never are...until they flub, like this, and then come back the next cd. Long wait in-between..Dust off my "Silver Bell" Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Dec 4, 2009
    5
    Big Patty fan, didn't care for this album. Of course, I long for the Living With Ghosts/Flaming Red era. Alas, this album is (agreed) short on melody and more sparse in its lyrics, unlike most Patty Griffin albums which are very relatable.
  4. Marcus
    Jun 18, 2007
    5
    Am I the only one who finds this album completely melody free?
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Children Running Through is Patty Griffin's masterpiece thus far.
  2. Her most musically diverse and accessible album yet.
  3. Billboard
    90
    Overall, this dynamic collection has something unexpected at every turn. [10 Feb 2007]