Shawn Colvin

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Shawn Colvin - Live

2009 | Nonesuch 

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    06/23/2009

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"I've been doing this a long time," declared Shawn Colvin upon the release of her 2006 Nonesuch debut, These Four Walls, "and it's great to feel like I'm doing my best work now."

This new live solo set reconfirms that feeling.The three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter combines material from two decades' worth of recordings and makes it all sound even more deeply insightful and compellingly up to date, recent songs like "Fill Me Up," the yearning opening track of These Four Walls, and the tougher, bleaker "I'm Gone," seem as much like old favorites now as "Sonny Came Home," Colvin's career-making Top 40 success, and "Shotgun Down the Avalanche," from her 1989 major-label debut, Steady On. Along with original songs from five studio albums, Colvin performs covers of Robbie Robertson's "Twilight" and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." With the latter, she transforms what was a funky, sing-along smash into something dark, brooding and bluesy – and she performs it with utter conviction to a rapt audience. She ends on a sweeter, more hopefully romantic note with a version of Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place," which she made her own years ago on the 1994 Cover Girl collection.

Colvin culled these 15 tracks from three sold-out nights at the new San Francisco location of famed Oakland jazz club Yoshi's last July. The simplicity of Colvin's performance makes for an engrossing, intimate experience. Her deft acoustic-guitar playing is as eloquent in this unadorned setting as her vocals and her lyrics, which are stripped of sentimentality but stocked with hard-earned wisdom. Aside from the occasional "thank you," Colvin avoids between-songs patter — though she manages a funny, memorable retort to an audience member's joking request for "Free Bird" at encore time.

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