's Living with Ghosts
was an impressive debut, but its spare acoustic arrangements occasionally made it sound more like a sketchbook than a completed album. Shortly after its release, her label commissioned a new version of "Let Him Fly," which matched her vocals to a full live band. Satisfied with the results, Griffin
decided to flesh out the instrumentation on her second album Flaming Red
and the results are revelatory. Griffin
didn't stick with traditional rock arrangments -- she also recorded country-rock, folk, catchy pop and even trip-hop songs, as well. Instead of camouflaging her songwriting, it actually reveals the richness of her music and lyrics. Her sonic revision may be more accessible, but it's no compromise -- Flaming Red
is evidence that Griffin
is one the more talented and ambitious singer/songwriters to emerge in the late '90s.