Newly Remastered and Available on Vinyl for the First Time!
The 20th Anniversary of Shawn Colvin's 1996 masterpiece, A Few Small Repairs is commemorated here with a newly remastered version of the album pressed on vinyl for the first time. A Few Small Repairs includes the Grammy Award-winning "Sunny Came Home" plus chart-toppers "You and The Mona Lisa" and "Nothin' On Me" (the theme song for the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan). "One of the joys of my career was making A Few Small Repairs," said Colvin. "From inception to completion, the project was graced with joy and creative ease. Even the last minute push to finish ‘Sunny Came Home,' which went through many lyrical incarnations, worked out thanks to the cover painting by Julie Speed."
By the time that A Few Small Repairs and "Sunny Came Home" catapulted her into the pop mainstream Shawn Colvin was already a well-established recording artist and touring performer with a resume of accolades. Her 1989 John-Leventhal-produced debut, Steady On, had taken home the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album and subsequent releases Fat City (1992) and Cover Girl (1994) each multiple-categories nominees. A Few Small Repairs reunited her with producer/cowriter John Leventhal (who'd helmed Steady On) and proved a watershed in the artist's career and musical evolution.
While her previous albums were founded mainly upon first-person confessionals, A Few Small Repairs saw Colvin foray into third-person storytelling with a powerful impact. Drawing from the downs and ups of her own life experiences, Shawn crafted an album of emotional complexity, nuance and revelation, combining images of traditional femininity and domesticity – wedding gowns, kitchens, white picket fences – with images of tools as metaphors for reparation.
The album paints a searingly honest portrait of the scope of human relationships, from the acrimonious "Get Out of This House" to the wistful "The Facts About Jimmy," a duet with Lyle Lovett, to the quiet resignation of "Wichita Skyline" to Sunny's ultimate act of revenge in "Sunny Came Home." With brutal honesty, Colvin examines the harrowing potential for emotional damage to the redemptive power of subsequent emotional redemption. Colvin and Leventhal triumphed at the 1998 Grammy Awards, when "Sunny Came Home" won both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. A Few Small Repairs was certified RIAA Platinum on March 31, 1998.