Personnel includes: Jill Sobule (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, bass, percussion, tambo); Robin Eaton (vocals, guitar, bass); Richard Barone (vocals); Brad Jones (guitar, mandolin, flute, organ, pianorgan, piano, keyboards, bass, percussion, programming); Chris Carmichael (violin, cello); Jim Wizniewski (flute); Pat Bergeson (harmonica); Jerry Dale McFadden (accordion, knee slaps); Eric Moon (keyboards); Wayne Kramer (bass); Kenny Malone (drums, percussion); Susy Davis (background vocals).
Recorded at Alex The Great Recording, Nashville, Tennessee.
Like Cyndi Lauper, Jill Sobule comes off as the kooky little girl next door, all giggle and high-pitched eccentricity. But just as Lauper proved that a multi-dimensional woman dwells inside the facade, so does Sobule.
Her perky melodies and stark instrumentation aid the album's true centerpiece--her quirky lyrics. Sobule's songs are anecdotal short stories, and here's a brief tour of the characters who inhabit them: "Margaret," who was the most popular girl in St. Mary's High School and is now a porn actress; Karen, a proper shoestore manager who becomes a thieving, leather-clad biker at night; the lovers warring between themselves and the lovers caught in the Bosnian War on "Vrbana Bridge"; the "Girl In The Affair," waiting in the airy bossa nova background; and, in the most unlikely pop hit of the year, the girl who kissed a girl. Sobule's active imagination is poetically and articulately expressed in her catchy, well-conceived songs. And she's a lovable wacko. It's in her voice, her lyrics, the accordions, snares, violins, knee-slaps, and the drunk-sounding back-up singers. It's obvious she had fun recording this.
Entertainment Weekly (4/7/95, p.92) - "...Sobule does manage to distinguish herself from the pack of little girl-voiced women....more revolutionary and hysterically funny than anything since Liz Phair's debut..." - Rating: A-
Q (2/96, p.67) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995 - "...she sounds like a less squeaky Cyndi Lauper, but inhabits altogether quirkier territory..."