Rolling Stone - 7/9-23/98, pp.134-1363 Stars (out of 5)
- "...There's a bit of everything....Griffin can be applauded for refusing to conform to the female singer/songwriter stereotype; the Lilith crowd should take note."
Entertainment Weekly - 6/26-7/3/98, p.126
"...Griffin isn't just another mutable member of the post-Lilith archetyping pool. Stakes are high in her scarred narratives, which emote with a muscular empathy; even her wistfulness seems road-toughened....her pop sense and chutzpah almost always wins out..." - Rating: A-
Personnel: Patty Griffin (vocals, guitar); Jay Joyce (guitar, keyboards, programming); Doug Lancio, Angelo, Ty Tyler, Daniel Tashian (guitar); Kristin Wilkinson, John Catchings, David Davidson, Kathryn Plummer (strings); Gil Reeves (keyboards, programming); Michael Ramos (keyboards); Chris Feinstein, Mike Joyce (bass); Kenny Aronoff, Brad Pemberton, Frank Saas
(drums); Emmylou Harris, Julie Miller, Buddy Miller, The Iodine Boys Choir
Engineers: David Leonard, Jay Joyce, Rick Will.
Recorded at East Iris Studios, Tragedy Tragedy, Woodland Studios, and October Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
Personnel: Patty Griffin (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Jay Joyce (guitar, keyboards, programming); Daniel Tashian, Doug Lancio, Ty Tyler (guitar); Kathryn Plummer, John Catchings, Kristin Wilkinson, David Davidson (strings); Giles Reeves (keyboards, programming); Michael Ramos (keyboards); Frank Sass, Kenny Aronoff (drums); Emmylou Harris, Julie Miller, Buddy Miller (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Leonard ; Jay Joyce; Tom Lord-Alge.
Recording information: East Iris Studios, Nashville, TN; October Studios, NY; Tragedy Tragedy, Nashville, TN; Woodland Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Ken Schles.
Patty Griffin's Living with Ghosts was an impressive debut, but its spare acoustic arrangements occasionally made it sound more like a sketchbook than a completed album. Shortly after its release, her label commissioned a new version of "Let Him Fly," which matched her vocals to a full live band. Satisfied with the results, Griffin decided to flesh out the instrumentation on her second album Flaming Red and the results are revelatory. Griffin didn't stick with traditional rock arrangments -- she also recorded country-rock, folk, catchy pop and even trip-hop songs, as well. Instead of camouflaging her songwriting, it actually reveals the richness of her music and lyrics. Her sonic revision may be more accessible, but it's no compromise -- Flaming Red is evidence that Griffin is one the more talented and ambitious singer/songwriters to emerge in the late '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine