Til the Wheels Fall Off

Til the Wheels Fall Off

by Amy Rigby
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Til the Wheels Fall Off

The consistent strength of Amy Rigby's albums sometimes makes them just a bit difficult to write about -- each of her albums is loaded with witty and telling songs about the occasional pleasures and frequent pitfalls of life as a single woman past 30 (or, these days, past 40), and her slightly rickety but powerful voice and smart, tuneful melodies make the perfect vehicle for her material. Rigby's fourth album, Till the Wheels Fall Off, fits right in alongside her previous three sets, so what is there to say about this disc that hasn't been said about the others? Well, just as important as the consistency of Rigby's music is the fact she knows how to find any number of variations on her basic themes, and like the best singer/songwriters, she knows that each person can have any number of stories to tell, and she knows how to tell them with humor, clarity, and an emotional honesty that's both affecting and disarming. That's what made her first three albums so special, and makes Till the Wheels Fall Off just as impressive; much like John Prine, Richard Thompson, and Loudon Wainwright III, Rigby appears to be the sort of songwriter who has the gift of consistent excellence, and if that makes sorting out the value of one album over the other a tad difficult, it also means that they're all rewarding listening. Anyone who ever smiled or cringed at the home truths of Rigby's songs will get a laugh out of "Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again" and the title track, and have their heartstrings tugged by "Don't Ever Change" and "Why Do I." In short, Amy Rigby has made her fourth great album, and with any luck she won't stop doing this anytime soon.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Signature Sounds
UPC: 0701237127729
catalogNumber: 1277

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Rigby   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mellotron,Tremolo
Bill Lloyd   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Bells
Richard Barone   Background Vocals
Linda Allen   Background Vocals
Todd Snider   Vocals
George Bradfute   Organ,Clarinet,Accordion,Viola,quatro,Upright Bass
Ken Coomer   Drums
Steve Goulding   Drums
Paul Griffith   Drums,Snare Drums,Bodhran
Duane Jarvis   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Randy Leago   Hammond Organ
Joe McGinty   Synthesizer
Joe McMahan   Guitar
David Scott   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Strings,Harpsichord,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Vibes
Fenner Castner   Drums
Will Kimbrough   Slide Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Jon Graboff   12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar
David Jacques   Bass,Trombone,Penny Whistle
Ron de la Vega   Cello
Brad Albetta   Bass
Michael Webb   Organ
Rick Plant   Bass
Jim Gash   Drums
Steve Allen   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Bill Lloyd   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Richard Barone   Producer
Harold Rome   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
George Bradfute   Producer,Engineer
Suzi Gardner   Composer
David Scott   Producer,Engineer
Donita Sparks   Composer
Amy Rigby   Composer,Producer
Brian Fulk   Engineer
Bill DeMain   Composer
Steve Allen   Composer,Engineer

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Til the Wheels Fall Off 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.