- Audio CD (Sept. 28 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: SBME
- ASIN: B00001R3HR
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
|2. Soon To Be Nothing|
|3. Gone Again - (with Sheryl Crow)|
|4. Trouble - (with Joan Osborne)|
|6. Peace Tonight - (with Joan Osborne/Garth Hudson/Natacha Atlas)|
|8. We Are Together - (with Me'Shell Ndegeocello/Kate Shellenbach)|
|9. Cold Beer And Remote Control - (with Sheryl Crow)|
|10. Compromise - (with Me'Shell Ndegeocello/Kate Schellenbach)|
|12. Fay Tucker|
Amy's rocking "Go" sets the scene right from the start.
With Emily's ballad "Soon Be to Nothing" the mood calms down for a while.
The catchy country tune "Gone Again" comes next. One of Amy's best songs on the album.
With Emily's "Trouble" things begin to rock a again. Great vocals. The serious "Sister" is a classical Amy Ray type song .
"Peace Tonight" is a highlight. Catchy and optimistic.
"Ozilline" written about/to Amy grandmother is a traditional type tune. Ozillene actually introduces herself in the beginning of the track.
The next two songs are written by Emily; "Cold Beer and Remote" is by far the better. Catchy melody and funny sarcastic lyrics. Could have been a hit record. Sheryl Crow joins in here!
"Compromise" is probably my least favourite - hardrocking punkrock-type of tune.
"Andy" is another fine Emily ballad.
Last track is Amy's indignant comment the the execution of Faye Tucker; a very moving number.
Why Emily's beautiful "Philosophy of Loss" was only included as a hidden track is really a mystery to me. Along with "Cold Beer and Remote Control", "Peace Tonight" and "Gone Again" this is an outstanding song.
Much has been made of Amy's opening track, 'Go'. It rocks, it kicks ...and it starts the CD off with a bang. But 'Gone Again' is the most infectious song of the lot. Great melody easy and fun to sing. 'Ozilline' is probably one of Amy's finest songs. Great accessible lyrics that are universal yet not cliched (or if they are, they're used in unique ways).
'Sister' is haunting and 'Compromise' blows the foam off your speakers. Its a dry run for her stint with the Butchies a year later, which culminated in her raw solo album. Many have ballyhooed the vocal coda of 'Faye Tucker', but I think it is every bit as haunting as the guitar effects on 'Sister' and fits the dark mood of the song well.
So there you have it, great stuff from Amy...one of her most consistent efforts. This LP, and its follow-up 'Become You', plus her solo disk, Stag represent a highpoint of Amy's career.
For Emily, whose lyrical dexterity usually carries the duo's CDs, this effort has some hits and misses. 'Trouble' is grating to listen to. Its yet another yep-I'm-gay-whatcha-gonna-do-about-it song. I respect the subject matter but its been addressed on other outings and more successfully (try 'Its Alright' on Shaming the Sun). 'Soon to be Nothing' is standard Emily, nothing more. Same with 'Peace Tonight'. Then she hits two homers with 'We Are Together' and the superb 'Cold Beer and Remote Control'.Read more ›