Kim Richey

Glimmer

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Kim Richey's third album, Glimmer, continues her evolution toward a mainstream pop sound. Unfortunately, this evolution doesn't represent any artistic growth; in fact, the album in some ways is a step backward. Producer Hugh Padgham (best-known for his work with Genesis, the Police, and Sting and chosen by Richey because of his production of XTC's English Settlement) bathes the songs in a rather bland wash of sound, a significant change from the crisp production that characterized her first two albums. The production matches the lyrics, however, which are burnished to the point that little character remains. The concise and insightful lyrics that appeared on Bitter Sweet have given way to innocuous phrases that skirt dangerously close to cliché. Given the great music that characterized her first two albums, Glimmer is a disappointment. Let's hope that Glimmer is merely a sidestep for Kim Richey, and that she regains her footing for her next outing.

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