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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
How can anybody live without a good selection of John Prine? Especially some of his older stuff that was written so brilliantly and sung so roughly?Published on April 1 2013 by deb
"Sweet Revenge" 5/5
"Please Don't Bury Me" 5/5
"Christmas In Prison" 5/5
"Dear Abby" 5/5
"Blue Umbrella"... Read more
I love John Prine. He has the ability to make you laugh while you're crying. His songs are masterful blends of dark sorrow and light humor. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Arise Therefore
i heard john prines albums in 1972. i have not heard one since. i have broused through the music webs and ran across john prine revenge album. my favorite.Published on Oct. 15 2000
I love the title of this album, and the nature of the song, "A Good Time," makes a perfect contrast to the title of the album. Read morePublished on April 4 2000 by Bruce P. Barten