Kelly Willis releases first album in five years
Friday, April 13, 2007
– Kelly Willis will release her first album in five years, "Translated From Love," in late June. Willis took off the last five years since the release of "Easy," raising her four children with husband Bruce Robison, a successful musician in his own right.
Chuck Prophet produced the disc for Willis, which will be released on Rykodisc June 26. The 12 songs incude originals, covers and collaborations. Willis co-wrote the six original tracks. The Tosca String Quartet plays on two of the cuts. Willis puts a countryified sound on Iggy Pop's "Success." Robison appears on several tracks, "The More I'm Around You" and "Too Much to Lose."
Willis has released 6 albums since her debut in 1990. Willis will tour behind the album.
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Translated From Love
Absence really must make even a musical heart grow fonder. This is Kelly Willis' first release in 5 years, and there are 12 reasons presented here as to why that was too long to wait. Some female vocalists search for songs that will adequately show off their pipes. Willis displays that she now only has one of the top voices in the genre, but the versatility to take on all stylings with equal aplomb.
Six songs were co-written by Willis and producer Chuck Prophet. "Sweet Little One" »»»
Kelly Willis' second disc for Rykodisc, the first recorded expressly for the label, expands on the wealth of musical expression divulged on her previous release, "What I Deserve." This follow-up, however, trades the urgency of 1999's outpouring for a more relaxed expression. It's as if Willis realized that Rykodisc signed her for who she is, not, as her previous label (MCA) supposed, who she could be fashioned into. Ironically, the pressure of capitalizing on the success of "What I Deserve" has »»»
What I Deserve
Six years after her last studio release; almost three since an EP that was supposed to be a taste of things to come on a different label; and over a year since its actual recording was completed, Kelly Willis has a new album out. This release continues in the direction presaged on the *Fading Fast* EP, and the results - more varied than the country-based sound of her first three albums - presumably reflect Willis' expressed determination to exercise more control over her sound and recording experience. »»»