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I'd Rather Eat Glass

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The cliche "wild child" follows Bijou Phillips like an ill wind, and no wonder: At only 18, this anti-Britney -- the youngest daughter of "Papa John" Phillips -- has lived on her own for years, modeling for chic magazines, making the rounds of New York's top nightspots, and, as she tells it, enduring a series of relationships with "guys who f*cked me over and broke my heart." These experiences all seem to bear fruit on Phillips's precocious debut album, I'D RATHER EAT GLASS. Produced by Talking Head Jerry Harrison, the album is at once fierce and delicate, with taut, uncompromising songs that find the young woman struggling to come to terms with wayward beaus, a loving...
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Barnes & Noble - Elysa Gardner
The cliche "wild child" follows Bijou Phillips like an ill wind, and no wonder: At only 18, this anti-Britney -- the youngest daughter of "Papa John" Phillips -- has lived on her own for years, modeling for chic magazines, making the rounds of New York's top nightspots, and, as she tells it, enduring a series of relationships with "guys who f*cked me over and broke my heart." These experiences all seem to bear fruit on Phillips's precocious debut album, I'D RATHER EAT GLASS. Produced by Talking Head Jerry Harrison, the album is at once fierce and delicate, with taut, uncompromising songs that find the young woman struggling to come to terms with wayward beaus, a loving but troubled mother, and an elusive -- but surely proud -- dad.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Before she had even recorded a note, Bijou Phillips was notorious among certain quarters of the rock world as the wild child of John Phillips. She gained fame as a hard-partying model and paramour of Evan Dando, plus she had a reckless sexuality -- all the makings of a pop star, to be sure. Hence, the birth of Bijou Phillips the recording artist and her debut album, I'd Rather Eat Glass. Arriving in 1999 after years of female dominance in the pop charts, I'd Rather Eat Glass summarizes all the sounds and styles of post-alternative female pop in a way, from Alanis to Jewel to Natalie Imbruglia. Like Alanis, she teams with an older craftsman -- this time it's former Talking Head Jerry Harrison, who earned his post-grunge stripes by producing Live's hit Throwing Copper. Harrison has always been a savvy producer, and his skills have not abandoned him here. He's hired an impressive list of supporting musicians -- including many new wave refugees, such as Eric Bazilian & Bernie Worrell and P.J. Harvey/Tom Waits colleague Joe Gore; Howard Jones and Luscious Jackson's Jill Cunniff served as co-songwriters for Phillips -- all in the name of creating a sparkling, radio-ready modern pop record. It often feels as if Phillips and Harrison are gunning for the charts instead of forging a distinctive musical style. There are hints of folk, funk, trip-hop, and guitar-fueled hard rockers -- something for everybody. Each of these works pretty well on their own terms, but it plays like a collection of tracks, not as a cohesive album. As such, it does have its share of highlights -- such as Cunniff's collaboration "Mermaid and the Earthman" or "I Owe You" -- and it does showcase Phillips' surprisingly versatile, throaty voice quite well, but it never quite gels into something that transcends the sum of its parts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/1999
  • Label: Almo Sounds
  • UPC: 705178002220
  • Catalog Number: 80022

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hawaii (4:53)
  2. 2 Polite (4:24)
  3. 3 I Own You (2:47)
  4. 4 I Am a Mountain (4:00)
  5. 5 Little Dipper (3:32)
  6. 6 Stranded (3:00)
  7. 7 I Never Shot the President (3:11)
  8. 8 So Tired (4:37)
  9. 9 Mermaid and the Earthman (6:04)
  10. 10 Just Look Around (4:18)
  11. 11 When I Hated Him (Don't Tell Me) (6:02)
  12. 12 Breakfast (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bijou Phillips Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jerry Harrison Guitar
Bernie Worrell Keyboards
Erie Brazilian Guitar
Joe Gore Guitar
Doug McKean Loops
Prairie Prince Snare Drums
Stephanie Spruill Tambourine
Philip Steir Loops
Patrick Warren Keyboards
Michael Lockwood Guitar
Frank Swart Bass
MacKenzie Phillips Background Vocals
Dave Bassell Guitar
Aishlia Harrison Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jerry Harrison Producer
Bob Bortnick Direction
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Doug McKean Engineer
Robin Sloane Direction
Janet Billig Management
P.E. Raske Illustrations
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