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Fat City

Shawn ColvinAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 27, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: October 27, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027I0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most remarkable album in her catalog! May 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It took a three song sample taped on a Maxell cassette to get me hooked on Shawn Colvin's FAT CITY. STEADY ON is terrific. COVER GIRL has some pleasant moment. But it's FAT CITY that remains Colvin's best. These eleven songs are cutting, emotional, strong, and consistent. The production is inspired. Colvin's vocals are majestic. The melody on the opening track is perfect; "Polaroids" is a collection of images and stories about life, matched with a flowing melody. "Tennessee" has a rocking melody and strong rock lyrics. Colvin covers Warren Zevon & Jackson Browne on "Tenderness On The Block", just as good as Linda Ronstadt did on some of their other songs in the 1970s. With a colorful, positive, spirited melody "Round Of Blues" has a folk feel in rock setting. It's pulled off flawlessly. The cutting,emotional lyrics of "Monopoly", reflect what an awesome songwriter Shawn Colvin is. "Orion In The Sky" is passionate, equally intriging to "Round Of Blues". I'd have to say that "Climb On" is the best song on the album, if I'm wrong, it's my favorite. She has perfectly fitting lyrics that compose a complete story within about four minutes. This is present on all the tracks. "Climb On" matches melody and lyrics flawlessly. "Set The Prarie On Fire" is the longest song on the album, there's a completely different atmosphere established on the song. Colvin's delivery is stunning. "Object Of My Affection" blends magnifiscent lyrics to a dazzling melody. One of the most addictive stories on FAT CITY is "Kill The Messenger", poetic and passionate, it's four minutes of magic. The closing song is remarkable. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her finest work. Tragically overlooked. July 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Fat City is a triumph.
While her later work, A Few Small Repairs, is responsible for catapulting her into the national spotlight, Fat City represents a far more fully-realized artistic vision and stands alone as *the* quintessential Shawn Colvin album.
Only in the most unjust of all possible worlds could this masterpiece have been passed over like it was.
The primary attributes that seperate Fat City from Colvin's earlier and later efforts are twofold: Emotional range and consistancy. Combined with the gorgeous vocals and powerful lyrics that all her work holds in common, Fat City is the flawless manifestation of Colvin's sublime essence.
Whatever mood you happen to be in, at least one of Fat City's tracks has you covered. From sweet to bittersweet and everything in between.
As for weak links, there are none. Not many albums can say as much.
If you liked A Few Small Repairs and are wondering where to go from there, look no further.
If you enjoy any of Shawn's other tunes at all, Fat City is a nothing less than a bona-fide sure thing. Buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fat City" is exquisite March 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
... This is a wonderful album that strikes many emotional chords. "Monopoly" is a simple, heart-rending tale of lost love; "Set the Prairie on Fire" is one of the sexiest songs I've ever heard. I also love the complexity and mystery of "Kill the Messenger". Colvin's lyrics are so crisp: "Sometimes the beuaty of life Hits like lightning wahsing everything clear/And gthe dimmers of doubt flicker/Fade out and disappear." Hasn't everyone experienced those moments of clarity expressed so beautifully in Colvin's song? She articulates feelings the rest of us could never say so eloquently.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close to her best May 25, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, a lot of other reviewers have said that this is Shawn's best album. While I do love this CD, I wouldn't agree 100%. The album starts off well, with tracks like "Polaroids," "Tenderness on the Block," and my own personal favorite, "Round of Blues." After that, though, the songs get more uneven. Every other song is good, but it's not a strong second half. She makes up for it by the end, though, with the wonderful "I Don't Know Why," a simply beautiful song which really showcases her great voice. So, while Fat City is an excellent album (and one I'd highly recommend), I still think Steady On is her best work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore slump July 9, 2005
By Winter
Format:Audio CD
I got hooked on Shawn Colvin when a friend connected me with her first album, Steady On. I picked up her sophomore release, Fat City, when I saw it in a store having never heard a single song. I was thrilled to find that it was even better. "Fat City" is an overlooked gem and one of my all-time favorites. Her song "Climb On" turned up as the original theme song from the TV show Party of Five before they switched to the Bodean's "Closer to Free". It's a shame she didn't get the boost that the Bodean's got from that exposure. It amazed me that Shawn's music got much less attention than similar but not-quite-as-talented singer/songwriters such as Jewel. Shawn's later albums may be more well-known, but I think this is her best overall.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under rated & Over looked June 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first heard "Round of Blues" on modern rock radio (Philadelphia's now defunct WDRE 103.9)soon after the album's release date (late 1992/early 1993.)I only heard it a few times before it was dropped from the station's playlist.
Right around this time I began my career as a DJ at clubs & weddings. I had added the songs to my list of most wanted songs to purchase.
None of the big retail chains carried this CD initially. A year or so later, the song received more airplay.
"Round of Blues" was included on the Nicolas Cage/Bridget Fonda movie soundtrack for "It Can Happen To You".
Eventually the "Fat City" CD began to appear at retail some two years after it's release.
From the first time I heard the entire CD it instantly became one of my favorites.
You'll be on an emotional rollercoaster with your journey through the tracks on this hidden gem.
On your first listen you too will be ready for a second ride as you feel Colvin's voice break on the final track "I Don't Know Why" Prepare for that second ride well in advance. Hit the repeat button right away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iain.
Colvin at her silky best. The music never drowns out the lyrics. A rather delicate blending. Pity we have to wait so long between releases.
Published 8 months ago by Iain S. R. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawn Colvin is the Best!
If you own CD's performed by this very talented artist, you will surely want to add "Fat City" to your collection. Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawn Colvin Never misses
I cannot say enough about how much I love Shawn Colvin's music! Every release is far and above anything out there as far as I am concerned! Read more
Published 20 months ago by D. Carlisle
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
This wasn't the best Shawn Colvin recording, but it's still Shawn Colvin. When she isn't at her best, she's still AMAZING!
Published on December 18, 2008 by Cyn W.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums ever, no lie :-)
I don't think it's exaggerating to call this one of the greatest albums ever, since that's how I feel about it and this review, after all, is my opinion. Read more
Published on November 20, 2008 by Robert Haven
5.0 out of 5 stars Fat City's the place to go
Four years prior to "A Few Small Repairs", Shawn Colvin released "Fat City"- a gem so rare and exquisite that just about every other release in her portfolio merely twinkles by... Read more
Published on November 3, 2006 by Music Monger
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Slick?
Admittedly 'Fat City' was my intro to Colvin. At the time - 14 yrs ago - I thought it was 5+ star worthy. Read more
Published on March 10, 2006 by R. M. Ettinger
4.0 out of 5 stars A highly overlooked album
For a lot of people, Shawn Colvin is famous because of "Sunny Comes Home" from her "A Few Small Repairs" album. Read more
Published on December 5, 2003 by Erica Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars I Disagree
I like this album a lot. It opens with Polaroids, a song that I memorized within the first week of buying the CD, I'd listened to it that many times. Read more
Published on October 22, 2003 by S. Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Shawn Colvin record
I heard this record sometime in 1992 while driving to work in the dark early one winters morning and thought it was Joni Mitchell returning to form after 15 years. Read more
Published on August 31, 2003 by argentspinnaker
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