It’s been three years since Kim Richey’s Chinese Boxes, but for an artist who’s
been perpetually on the cusp of wider recognition, that can seem like an
eternity. Happily though, Wreck Your
Wheels is a welcome return, an album that reaffirms the fact she’s lingered
below the radar for far too long.
While comparisons to Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams and
Shawn Colvin have been plentiful, Richey’s ability to mine a hook and render an
emotional embrace yields a sad, sweet sensuality all her own. Producer Neilson
Hubbard drapes the proceedings with his trademark lush settings; a veritable
one man session crew, he also provides the bulk of the instrumentation on these
songs (co-composed with the likes of Mark Olson, Boo Hewerdine and Tim Krekel).
As a result, entries like “Wreck Your Wheels,” “Leaving 49,” “In the Years to
Come” and “Word to the Wise” reverberate with a resilience that brings ... Wheels full circle.
Your Wheels,” “Leaving 49” LEE ZIMMERMAN