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I Need a Wife

by Nancy McCurry

A crisp, Folk/Pop romp into the lives of interesting heroines.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Need a Wife
2:29 $0.99
2. Bustin Up a Chiffarobe
2:22 $0.99
3. She Fell Hard
3:09 $0.99
4. Let Me In
4:08 $0.99
5. Give It Back
2:51 $0.99
6. Beehives and Knives
3:31 $0.99
7. Pretend
5:05 $0.99
8. I'm Sorry Now
2:37 $0.99
9. Cool in the Shade
2:41 $0.99
10. Sunset
2:21 $0.99
11. I Need a Wife From Brazil
2:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
"I Need a Wife" is sung from the point of view of a woman who wants the kind of undemanding, eager-to-please, housebound genie that generations of men took for granted as their entitlement. It's a clever twist that humorously points up the conundrum faced by working women in this day and age of upended social roles: "I just want things done right/A husband can't meet my needs/I need a wife!" The Brazilian remake of the song - appended as a "bonus track" at album's end - features Sandy Blocker's percussion armada and takes McCurry's amusing conceit one surreal step further.
On a more sobering note, "She Fell Hard" details a controlling relationship turned deadly. First she fell for the guy and then she was felled by a bullet from his gun after thinking she'd escaped his clutches. You hear of such jealousy-fueled stalker homicides happening all too often, but McCurry's somber musical setting animates the tragedy in a way that no newspaper account can match.
McCurry's heroines are an interesting lot. Inspired by Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, "Busting Up a Chiffarobe" describes her feisty narrator's determination to escape the rut into which previous generations were trapped: "Won't get hitched or have a kid/Ten young'uns like mama did/Marry some boy from down the road/That sounds like a heavy load." And so she takes figurative revenge on her "chiffarobe": a chest of drawers containing the clothes she's no longer willing to wear. "I'll take a hammer to that thing/Swing it hard, let freedom ring!" she sings in this exhilarating anthem to breaking free.
McCurry's songs are so strong that I could imagine the Dixie Chicks or one of Nashville's hipper femme singers having a go at several of them. The aforementioned "She Fell Hard" is a tailor-made and unfortunately topical commentary on domestic violence. "Beehives and Knives" - a gut-busting romp about losing a guy to the charms of the beehive-haired, thick-armed, polyester-attired lady who chops pork at the local barbeque joint - offers a solid shot of comic relief. I'm also partial to "Cool in the Shade," whose jazzy chords and dusky, Astrud Gilberto-style vocals, cast an enchanting spell.
All in all, I Need a Wife is a wholly entertaining left-field surprise from "Miss Nancy" McCurry, and I can only hope there's more where this came from. --Parke Puterbaugh

Mr. Puterbaugh is a contributing writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, teacher and music historian.



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