Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Sophomore Outing is NOT Jinxed!
luvreigns1974 | Sacramento, CA USA | 02/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought Gretchen Peters's debut album, SECRET OF LIFE, back in 1996 when it was released on Imprint Records. I loved every track on it! I have always admired her songwriting abilities writing for many other artists. Among them are Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Martina McBride, just to name a few. Her debut CD had me breathless with her angelic like vocals!! 5 years was too long to wait for her newest release but BOY am I happy it is here!!! She simply can sing anything!! 2 of the tracks I recognized. SOUVENIRS was recorded by Suzy Boggus a few years back and LIKE WATER INTO WINE was recorded by Patty Loveless for her LONG STRETCH OF LONESOME album! Each time I listen to Gretchen Peter's new CD I love it even more! She is a combination of country, folk and pop! She is OUTSTANDING!!!!! Everyone should try this CD out as well as her 1st if you can find it!!! BOTH ARE INCREDIBLE!!!! My only bit of advice to Gretchen is PLEASE do not keep us waiting another 5 years!!!!"
Outstanding country singer-songwriter
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 05/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gretchen emerged in the mid-nineties as one of Nashville's finest songwriters. She has had many big country hit via other people's recordings of her songs but has never made it as a solo singer despite some brilliant recordings including this, her second album.
It's not difficult to see how Gretchen has made it as a songwriter - the lyrics are inspired. In the opening track (Souvenirs), Gretchen complains that souvenirs are only a substitute for real things, then tells her man that she doesn't want his souvenirs but that she wants the real thing. Great stuff! That song sets the pattern for the album, which seems to be a mix of dreams and reality. Another song here (Love is a drug) contains the great line - Romeo's on the Internet searching for his Juliet. Remember, this was at the start of the new millennium was the Internet was not as popular as it is now. There are many other brilliant songs here. Who could resist songs with such titles as Love and Texaco, Picasso and me or Eddie's first wife?
This is a fascinating album. I don't know why Gretchen isn't a major star. Perhaps she doesn't want stardom with all the pressures that would bring. In any case, she certainly lives comfortably on the royalties that her songs generate. Just occasionally, she releases an album full of her own songs, so that we can enjoy hearing her own versions of a few of her creations. This is one of them. If you enjoy contemporary country music, give Gretchen a listen."
Superb new work by one of the most gifted songwriters
Paul Hixenbaugh | Valley Village, CA | 03/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is one of the few pleasant surprises in music so far this year. Peters posesses a fine, clear soprano voice that is uniquely suited to her songs of the dreams and foibles of human nature. Among the standouts are "Picasso & Me", a moving ballad narrated by Pablo's cat; "Love & Texaco", about a woman looking back on a relationship; and "Lillies Of The Field", about a man who hooks up with a woman who wants the good life and doesn't care how she gets it. There are also a few great rockers on the album, including "In A Perfect World", which features Bryan Adams. If you like literate country/pop/rock like Linda Rondstadt, Trisha Yearwood, or even Melissa Etheridge, you will love this album."
A singer/songwriter above all others!
Michael Brown | Atlanta, GA USA | 02/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is one of the best I have heard in ages! One that touches your soul and makes you think. Her songs are uplifting and her vocals are as sweet as a summer's day. If you buy this CD, you won't be sorry. Besides being a great singer and songwriter, she is a spectacular performer. I have seen her in concert numerous times over the past 5 years and should not be missed. This CD reached #7 in England."