Kelly Willis

Fading Fast

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Originally released as a promotional item to coincide with the inclusion of the song "Fading Fast" on the Boys soundtrack, collectors' frenzy to obtain this four-song EP led to its commercial release -- but only in Texas. The excitement generated by the EP is easy to understand; this is simply the best music Kelly Willis has ever made. Joined by Son Volt's Jay Farrar on three tracks and the band 16 Horsepower on a fourth, Willis turns in impeccable performances on some of her strongest songwriting efforts yet (Willis wrote or co-wrote three songs; the fourth was penned by husband Bruce Robison). The loose, country-rock vibe doesn't detract from her viability as a commercial country artist, but boosts her appeal to the No Depression crowd considerably. Every song here is an absolute gem, and it's shameful to think that three-fourths of these tracks were nearly doomed to obscurity on a promotional CD. Fading Fast offers an excellent and inexpensive introduction to Kelly Willis, and it's a must for her fans.

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