Wreck Your Wheels
Two-time Grammy award nominee Kim Richey returns to her Americana roots for her sixth album. In an album of varied quality, it is odd that it opens with its weakest song; even more oddly, this is also the title track. That’s not to say it isn’t a pretty decent album which improves after the first couple of plays, it’s just that some of the tracks are a little bland and repetitive and the majority are too short to have any real substance.
All of the songs were co-written by Richey with a variety of helpers which is perhaps why the quality is a little mixed, or perhaps it is simply that she can’t decide whether she wants to be a Pop, alt-country or Americana artist.
The album was recorded with Richey’s touring band in a small Nashville studio. It was produced by Neilson Hubbard who amongst other things is credited with providing the heavy breathing to “When The Circus Comes to Town”, one of the album’s best songs.
Richey does have a great voice, which brings the best out of songs like “Leaving 49” and the best of all, “In The Years To Come” – Woke on a Sunday morning knowing you would leave me. Both of these songs are however ultimately let down by the simple fact that they have only two short verses and aren’t given the depth to really draw the listener in.
All in all this is a reasonable album but you will find it slightly disappointing if you like your songs to tell a story.
Richey will be touring the UK from late May.
Release date: May 17