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Sweet Revenge

John Prine Audio CD
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1. Sweet Revenge
2. Please Don't Bury Me
3. Christmas In Prison
4. Dear Abby
5. Blue Umbrella
6. Often Is A Word I Seldom Use
7. Onomatopoeia
8. Grandpa Was A Carpenter
9. The Accident (Things Could Be Worse)
10. Mexican Home
11. A Good Time
12. Nine Pound Hammer

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Prine started veering rock 'n' roll on this 1973 album, and the result was one of the toughest "folk" albums ever recorded.


For his third album, John Prine returned to the fuller sound of his landmark debut while venturing into increasingly cryptic lyrical terrain. Songs such as "Mexican Home," "Accident (Things Could Be Worse)," and "Blue Umbrella" are open-to-interpretation explorations that reveal the songsmith's intrepid reflections; they're also among the 12-song set's best numbers. "Dear Abby" is a comical novelty number while "Christmas in Prison" is a doleful in-the-clink carol. The openhearted "A Good Time" slipped into the shadows after Sweet Revenge (like Prine's other Atlantic albums) failed to hit commercial paydirt, but it's as touching as anything Prine has penned. This outing isn't as musically distinctive as Prine's other albums from his early period, but as collections of songs go, it's first-rate. --Steven Stolder

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5.0 out of 5 stars My number-one favorite pop album March 24 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have loved John Prine ever since being introduced to him by way of "Sweet Revenge" back in 1973 when I was a college senior. I haven't heard this album in a while but dug it out and played it again tonight. I still love it.
First and foremost, John Prine is a poet. The words to many of his songs could stand very well on their own, without music; in fact, I'd love to see a book published of just the lyrics he has written over the years. Many of his songs are about the lives of everyday people, in some cases people forgotten by society, but he manages to find deep social truths in their lives. Therefore, John Prine's songs certainly do repay close attention to the words. And such humor! Lines such as "All of my friends are not dead or in jail" from the title track are even funnier to me now than they were back when I first heard the song.
However, even though the words to many of his songs are sufficient unto themselves as poetry, his unique voice certainly adds an extra welcome dimension to them. And don't be fooled; he may sound as though he is just tossing these songs off, but behind that facade (and that craggy voice) is a fantastic musician who knows exactly what he wants from each song in terms of shading, dynamics and the rest.
Certainly the funniest number on the album is "Dear Abby," which also gives us a glimpse of John's throwaway spoken humor. My first reaction to this song, many years ago, was "She's giving the same advice to each person," but when I finally stopped to think about it, I realized that John, through the imaginary words of Dear Abby, is saying that many of us are the cause of our own problems, and often for the very same reasons. For John Prine, even humor has its serious side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Revenge is John Prine at his best. Aug. 2 1998
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John Prine's clever lyrics and pretty melodies made an impact on my life. I own six of his recordings, but the best is Sweet Revenge. There are very few albums that have four outrageously memorable songs, but Sweet Revenge does. They are Blue Umbrella, A Good Time, Mexican Home and Dear Abby.
Blue Umbrella is a guy deciding whether to break it off with his girl, and he's doing the deciding while walking in the rain under a blue umbrella. It has great lines, typically great "Prine Lines." This song touches my heart.
A Good Time is also fine. The chorus is "But, I never understood what a good time could cost... Til last night, when I sat and talked with you." Talking with her made him understand.
Mexican home is a mood song. Its unusual rhythms and mellow delivery almost make you think of the influence of alcohol.
Dear Abby is Prine's humor at its most wry. If you can listen without smiling, I wouldn't want to spend time with you.
! This album is an absolute must for any Prine Fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars John Prine "Sweet Revenge" June 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Sweet Revenge" 5/5
"Please Don't Bury Me" 5/5
"Christmas In Prison" 5/5
"Dear Abby" 5/5
"Blue Umbrella" 4/5
"Often Is A Word I Seldom Use" 4/5
"Onomatopoeia" 4/5
"Grandpa Was A Carpenter" 4/5
"The Accident (Things Could Be Worse)" 3/5
"Mexican Home" 2/5
"A Good Time" 2/5
"Nine Pound Hammer" 3/5
"Sweet Revenge," the third album from John Prine, is a great effort. The album is littered with awesome songs, with the first four being among his best. Definately a record to check out.
Overall rating: Three and a half stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I got kicked off of Noah's Ark.... Feb. 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
With this line John begins to take us on a wonderful ride of emotions, wit and sadness in the span of about 40 minutes. You might say "hey, this dude never had a hit record in his life" and you are right but that's one of his better qualities as far as I'm concerned. His slice-of-life songs are so memorable that you'll have a hard time forgetting them. "The Accident" and "Dear Abbey" are hilarious. "A Good Time" and "Christmas in Prison" are breathtaking. I could go on and on but the best advice is to just listen and soak it all up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic funky folk Oct. 17 2001
Format:Audio CD
Sweet Revenge was the first jp album I heard way back when.It was the way he told his stories that struck me I was always a fan of songwriter singers,like Kristofferson,but John Prine was a different brand.My favorites are the accident and dear abby.I really regret I dont have the opportunity to tell this fun loving musical genius how much enjoyment and smiles,he has given me over the last 20 years.I know this one isnt from Sweet Revenge,but it is a GREAT song,Jesus,the missing years,Ilove it.You can tell he really enjoys writing and performing these gems,its obvious in his voice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars None better Sept. 30 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have every John Prine original studio album. Most I originally bought on vinyl and replaced with CDs. With quality songs from start to finish, Sweet Revenge is my favorite of his albums. Songs approximately about revenge, death, prison, advice, loneliness, exasperation, stardom, grandparents, four way stop signs, Mexican weather (?), intimacy and hauling coal are served up with Prine's usual mix of wit, humility, humor, poignancy, insight and compassion. Much of it is folk music, some of it rocks, all of it has a pinch of country. An absolute treasure trove.
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