Whole New You may not contain a song that will spark sales and awards the way "Sunny Came Home" did, but anyone who, like the artist herself, has come to the safe harbor of family life (even with its many challenges) after a long, uncertain voyage through personal relationships and life experiences will appreciate Colvin's ruminations on the subject.
I don't think this collection has quite the edge of Repairs, yet there are enough sepia portraits of romantic angst, enough evocations of exposed sensitivity, sufficient signs that this mistress of the melancholy will once again win the hearts of earlier subscribers to her work.
The music is rarely up to the task set by the lyrics. Truly successful union of melody and words occurs only twice—on the sparsely arranged stream of consciousness titled "Bonefields" and on the album's most original piece, "Another Plane Went Down," which teeters beautifully on the edge of dream and reality.
Positive: 5 out of 5
Mixed: 0 out of 5
Negative: 0 out of 5
MackyEDec 21, 2004She is one of the best artists in America, this is a really great album , Its a pity she does not recieve more aclaim.
[Anonymous]Jul 20, 2002Fantastic effort realized beautifully. May not grab you by the balls on the first listen-through, but soon thereafter, anyone with a heart or a mind will be reeling...she is genius!… Expand
KrissiJul 27, 2003Gorgeous, often insightful and finally, moving. Dave Matthews does the backing vocals for almost an angel. :o)
SueB.Sep 1, 2001The long-awaited collection of new songs from one of the country's best singer-songwriters is a welcome digression from teen-pop and broken beats, a walk in the forest on a hot summer day. Motherhood has taken some of the sharpness off Colvin's edgy view of the world, but the lyrics still cut through the simple-but-fitting musical arrangements. This album has been living in my CD rack for weeks -- it hasn't gotten tired yet.… Expand
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