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Til The Wheels Fall Off

by Amy Rigby

This album is a masterpiece of adult pop, conjuring classic 60's pop anthems while remaining completely contemporary and offering the sharpest lyrics this side of Elvis Costello.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Why Do I
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2. Til The Wheels Fall Off
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3. Shopping Around
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4. Don't Ever Change
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5. Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?
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6. The Deal
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7. O'hare
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8. How People Are
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9. Even The Weak Survive
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10. Last Request
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11. Here We Go Again
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12. Breakup Boots
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Amy Rigby has been compared to everyone from Elvis Costello to Carole King, but she "has no peer on the current pop scene," according to the Chicago Reader. Rigby will release her fourth solo album in April 2003, her first on the Signature Sounds label. Til The Wheels Fall Off was recorded in Nashville, New York and Glasgow and co-produced by Amy with Richard Barone, George Bradfute (Jason Ringenberg), Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd), Steve Allen and David Scott of The Pearlfishers. It features 14 original songs of hope, humor, cynicism and survival, played with spirit and style by Rigby and a supportive cast of musicians including Duane Jarvis (Lucinda Williams), Rick Plant (Buddy & Julie Miller), Steve Goulding (Mekons), Dave Jacques and Paul Griffith (John Prine). Todd Snider duets wtih Amy on the title song.

Born in Pittsburgh and a long-time resident of New York City, Amy was songwriter, singer and rhythm guitarist for cowpunk pioneers Last Roundup and folk pop trio The Shams before her first solo album Diary Of A Mod Housewife (1996) got the attention of critics and music fans. Produced by Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and featuring Don Heffington (Lone Justice), Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell) and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, it combined reality-based lyrics and transcendent melodies with a passionate music fan's collection of pop, rock and country influences. Mod Housewife showed up on many of the year's top ten lists and even in a few women's studies courses, and Amy was profiled on All Things Considered, CNN, Fresh Air, and MSNBC. SPIN magazine dubbed her "Songwriter Of The Year" and the album was voted #8 in the 1997 Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll.

Rigby's second album Middlescence was another critical success and led to tours with Warren Zevon, Bob Mould and Billy Bragg as well as a spot on the 1998 Lilith Fair. Also produced by Easton and engineered by Mark Linett (Randy Newman, Beach Boys), it contained even bolder songs about relationships, shopping, drummers, growing up and growing older, and received Honorable Mention in the Association for Independent Music's 1999 Indie Awards, rock category. In addition to playing bars and the occasional living room, Amy was keynote speaker at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music's 1999 academic conference at Middle Tennessee State University, organized and moderated a "Rock Parenting 101" panel at South by Southwest, and spoke and performed at the Southern Festival of Books.

Amy's subsequent move to Nashville contributed to the clarity and broader perspective of The Sugar Tree (2000). Produced by Brad Jones (Jill Sobule, Steve Forbert) with help from some of the town's finest pop and country players including Will Kimbrough, Ken Coomer and Joy Lynn White, The Sugar Tree received outstanding reviews in regional and national press, and Rigby performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Mountain Stage's syndicated radio and television programs, and toured solo and as support act for Richard Shindell and Todd Snider. She successfully toured the UK, was a panelist and performer at the 2000 Rockrgrl convention in Seattle, and was selected as a featured composer for the Donne in Musica: ControCanto festival in Rome (2001).

In 2002, Koch Records released 18 Again, an anthology compiling songs from Rigby's three solo albums, as well as everyone's favorite revenge song "Keep It To Yourself." 18 Again was one of rollingstone.com's critics' picks for Reissue Of The Year, and No Depression praised it for "dazzling wall-to-wall songcraft." Several songs from this collection have recently been covered by other artists, including Laura Cantrell ("Don't Break The Heart"), Ronnie Spector ("All I Want") and Maria Doyle Kennedy ("Keep It To Yourself").

Amy Rigby continues to write and sing from the trenches of rock, romance and reality. Til The Wheels Fall Off may be her clearest missive yet.

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ken lawrence

folky but off the beaten track
to call this folk or even folk rock isn't doing it just. the songs on amy rigby's fourth and latest cd are as far away from what we'd call folk or even alt country as it gets. her take on romantic setbacks and the kinds of thing we all go through in life is just about the most different type of content you'll hear on a cd. in his listing of a gig in the tennessean, peter cooper described amy's songs as perfect little m*A*S*H* episodes that make you laugh hard only to lieve you open for the emotional walop. see if you don't agree.
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scotty

The best singer/songwriter working today?
You like pop hooks with a slight alt-country twist? Check. You require lyrics that will make you smile because they're by turns bitter, gleeful, and graceful -- and always true-to-life? This album's got 'em in spades. Clean, crisp production matters to you? No problem: Amy, Richard Barone and a handful of other collaborators have you covered.

Seriously, there is no reason for you not to be a proud owner of "Til The Wheels Fall Off". Amy: We love you, you're perfect, don't ever change.
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John Husson

Listen Til Your Ears Fall Off
By all rights, “Til the Wheels Fall Off” should be Amy Rigby’s breakthrough album. This is her strongest, most consistent collection of original songs to date, supported by a crack team of musical compatriots. They don’t get much better than this.

This isn’t kid stuff. “Wheels” is full of big, hard questions about big, hard life-and-love struggles, with no easy answers. “Why do I pull wings off butterflies...I kiss the boys but I’m the one who cries,” she laments in “Why Do I”. “What am I looking for?”, she asks in Shopping Around, adding “I’m getting older, I’m getting wiser/But am I getting laid?” “The Deal” picks up the wry relationship-as-transaction theme from her last album’s“Cynically Yours”. “Forget that couple stuff/Forget about love/That’s the deal/It’s optional”, she proposes. Do you believe that? Neither does Amy. “I wish that I could lose myself inside of love/Instead of always standing on the outside,” she sighs on “Believe In You”, revealing the capital-R Romantic beneath the cynical facade.

But for all the drama - and there’s plenty enough here - “Wheels” is shot through with good humor and musical sophistication. “Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?”, a hilarious take on marital fizzle, gets a subtle banjo, pennywhistle, and bodhran Irish treatment. The bright, bouncy pop melody of “The Deal” seems to come right from the Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart/Monkees songbook. “Breakup Boots” gets a full country band treatment here that soars on World Dominator Will Kimbrough’s slide work. The title cut is a loping shuffle tugged along by trebly Farfisa organ riffs, a loopy trombone solo, and a drawling Todd Snider duet that redefines “laid back”. The Sept. 11-inspired “Don’t Ever Change”, achingly beautiful and elegant in its simplicity and directness, goes beyond events to give much-needed perspective and uplift in a world of uncertainty and pain. It’s one of those songs you could see Dolly Parton taking to Number One.

If there’s one thing missing from “Wheels”, it’s a rocker. As anyone who’s heard her tear through “Pump It Up” or her own “If You Won’t Hang Around” will tell you, ain’t too many people rock harder than Amy. That’s as good a reason as any to catch her on tour with her band this spring.

In the meantime, pick up “Til the Wheels Fall Off”, and hear one of America’s best singer-songwriters show ‘em how it’s done.
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