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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The youngest and most extroverted of the quirky, funny, touching Roche sisters, Suzzy Roche might have been expected to make a funnier and quirkier, but less touching solo album, if only because she often provides comic relief in the group. Instead, her solo debut is more touching and not particularly amusing though one can imagine her getting laughs with some of the lyrics in concert, its tone set by the first two songs, "My My Broken Heart" and "Crash," both of which concern love lost. Elsewhere, Roche, always sounding restrained, constructs free-form mood pieces for the most part, full of references to more love lost and travel. The two strongest and most direct ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The youngest and most extroverted of the quirky, funny, touching Roche sisters, Suzzy Roche might have been expected to make a funnier and quirkier, but less touching solo album, if only because she often provides comic relief in the group. Instead, her solo debut is more touching and not particularly amusing though one can imagine her getting laughs with some of the lyrics in concert, its tone set by the first two songs, "My My Broken Heart" and "Crash," both of which concern love lost. Elsewhere, Roche, always sounding restrained, constructs free-form mood pieces for the most part, full of references to more love lost and travel. The two strongest and most direct songs are "ABCs," which is about aging, and "Breathing," which is about her daughter. In those songs, and at times in others, she finds expressive ways to communicate emotional insights. Yet this is an oddly tentative premiere for such a seasoned performer, and not as much fun as it should have been.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651010425
  • Catalog Number: 104

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My My Broken Heart (3:30)
  2. 2 Crash (4:11)
  3. 3 Eggshell (3:23)
  4. 4 Holy Smokes (3:17)
  5. 5 Rules (3:38)
  6. 6 The Second Coming of Eli (3:16)
  7. 7 Losing (4:27)
  8. 8 Lightning Storm (3:17)
  9. 9 ABC's (3:26)
  10. 10 Pink Ballet Slippers (3:37)
  11. 11 Breathing (3:07)
  12. 12 Two Bumps on a Log (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Suzzy Roche Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
Jules Shear Vocals
Joe Bonadio Percussion, Drums
Larry Campbell Violin
Dave Douglas Trumpet
Charlie Giordano Piano, Accordion
Stewart Lerman Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Mansfield Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Violin, Electric Guitar
Paul Ossola Bass, Upright Bass, Standup Bass
Steuart Smith Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Ebo, wah wah guitar, Wurlitzer
Frank Vilardi Dumbek, Percussion, Drums
Stewart Smith Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Ebo, wah wah guitar
Maggie Roche Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Busby Guitar, Piano
Technical Credits
David Glasser Mastering
Stewart Lerman Producer, Engineer
Suzzy Roche Producer
Charlie Hunter Artwork
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