Album Name: I Am
Artist: Courtney C. Patty
Year/Label: 2002 / Independent
Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
Courtney C. Patty has put out a solid recording full of songs of hope, faith and love.
The song “Gate Called Beautiful” is a ‘look on the bright side’ song about dying. And “Slip Away” has a similar theme.
Courtney’s voice is reminiscent of Natalie Merchant at times but really is pretty distinctive. It’s rich and strong while at the same time having an almost child-like innocent quality.
Stand out songs for me are “Dare Me” which uses some dissonant chords for a seductive sound.
“Just Fine” has a nice staccato rhythm. This is probably by favorite track here.
The songwriting is smooth and catchy and the production is a tad sparse. This is a nice recording with a fun little hidden track at the end (I won’t spoil it by saying any more).
Posted on September 4, 2003
1. I Am
3. At All Times
4. 19 Moons
5. Gate Called Beautiful
7. Desert Passage
8. Slip Away
9. Dare Me
10. Just Fine
11. Forgive Me
[Courtney C. Patty Official Site]
Comments: 5 Stars
One of my favorite CDs in the past 5 years. A combination of wonderfully written songs, terrific voice and outstanding guitar playing. A real treat that I never tire of hearing. I also highly recommend seeing her live for a warm intimate and thoroughly satisfying evening of music. Our only complaint is that my wife is tired of hearing our kids sing Courtney’s song “I have a cold”.