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All Music Guide - Brian Way
The effervescent and ebullient Beth Lisick is known outside of her San Francisco home primarily as an author of collections of hysterically insightful and captivating short works that poke and probe into the world of urbane Gen-X artsy up-and-comers, their humble suburban origins and their day-to-day trials and tribulations in the morass of the Big City. Within her core audience she has also been known as a weekly newspaper columnist, a spoken word artist, and the frontwoman of her band the Beth Lisick Ordeal. Frontwoman being the operative term, because she is more narrator than singer, drawing on her experience at spoken word performance and telling expository tales, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Way
The effervescent and ebullient Beth Lisick is known outside of her San Francisco home primarily as an author of collections of hysterically insightful and captivating short works that poke and probe into the world of urbane Gen-X artsy up-and-comers, their humble suburban origins and their day-to-day trials and tribulations in the morass of the Big City. Within her core audience she has also been known as a weekly newspaper columnist, a spoken word artist, and the frontwoman of her band the Beth Lisick Ordeal. Frontwoman being the operative term, because she is more narrator than singer, drawing on her experience at spoken word performance and telling expository tales, and the closest she gets to actual singing is the occasional free-associative rap that could make her the female M. Doughty (of Soul Coughing, whose sound bears distinct resemblance to the music found here). More often she sets her narrative tales in plain language where rhyme is not necessary and rhythm flows in and out of her three-piece band's adept accompaniment. And what a band it is! Her "boys" are the cream of the crop of mid-'90s Frisco acid jazz bohos, who create smooth and slinky backdrops on vibes, drums and contrabass that develop as her stories do, accenting without overpowering, and always interesting even when taken on their own. And verbally Lisick, as in her printed work, is equal parts scathingly critical of the denizens of her world and excruciatingly self-deprecating, and every story-song here is vivid, poignant, and often hilarious. After all, the listener will likely feel they've been in scenarios not unlike the ones she so deftly conjures (especially if you've spent your misguided youth traipsing through the more colorful neighborhoods of the City by the Bay, whose reference points she artfully taps, in pursuit of your artistic muse), but we've never heard them told quite like this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/1999
  • Label: DU NORD
  • UPC: 618301000140
  • Catalog Number: 14

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bag Of Bones (5:12)
  2. 2 Nice Is Easy (3:34)
  3. 3 Bus Ride Of Diminishing Returns (3:47)
  4. 4 Basta The Clown (0:48)
  5. 5 Hit and Run (5:11)
  6. 6 Weekend Warrior (4:16)
  7. 7 Nancy Druid (6:02)
  8. 8 Box (5:11)
  9. 9 Limo Job (4:16)
  10. 10 Empress Of Sighs (5:44)
  11. 11 Devil's Vacation (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beth Lisick Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Voices
Jeff Palmer Saw
George Cremaschi Human Whistle, Double Bass
John Yi Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Tom Yoder Trombone
David Cooper Marimbas, Vibes
Andrew Borger Percussion, Piano, Drums, Sampling
Technical Credits
Christian Jones Producer, Engineer
Ken Lee Mastering
George Cremaschi Contributor
David Cooper Contributor, Logo
Beth Lisick Contributor
Andrew Borger Contributor
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