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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0007SL388
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. David
2. Manhattan Avenue
3. Sari
4. Ding Dong
5. Baby Watch Your Back
6. The Dog Song
7. Waiter
8. I Wanna Get Married
9. Change the World
10. It's a Pose
11. Toto Dies
12. Won't U Please B Nice
13. Inner Peace
14. Suitcase Song
15. Work Song
16. Clonie
17. Respectable
18. Really

Customer Reviews

Song by song, this album just gets better and better.
Howard L. Frankel
This album is a welcome change to the music is different, original and totally refreshing...THANK YOU SO MUCH MS. NELLIE McKAY!
Justin D. Marsling
This is a great CD, and I highly recommend it to all types of music lovers.

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By lb136 VINE VOICE on April 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Maybe after you've played Nellie McKay's triumphant "Get Away from Me" through a couple of times you'll begin to imagine that she fell into a warp in the space/time continuum after coming out of a screening of Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" when it first played in the mid-1950s, and ended up in the urban here and now.
Influenced as much by Billie Holliday (the bluesy "Manhattan Avenue") and 1950s Doris Day lollypop ("I Wanna Get Married"), and 1950s jive ("It's a Pose") as by today's jazz and hiphop ("Sari," "Baby Watch Your Back"), she shows that at 19 she has a vision and an attitude all her own ("Change the World," "Suitcase Song," "Really") as this New York idol enters the scene with this 18-song, two CD collection (the discs are called "side 1 and side 2," as if to evoke the image of vinyl).
Words burst forth behind her sassy alto, jagged rhythms, and jazz riffs--with references to Monty Python, Dr. Phil, and New York street life. She seems amazed and alarmed at contemporary America, but it's not going to let her get her down. ("In any case there's no use in mopin" at strange elections and the death of Sen. Wellstone, she notes in "Sari.") Ms. McKay is quite an instrumentalist, too. She plays piano, organ, recorder, vibes, chimes, glockenspiel, xylophone, and synthesizer.
Notes and asides: Obviously the title is meant as a dig at Norah Jones, but surely there's room for both artists. (Wake up to Nellie, go off to dreamland with Norah.). . . The "explicit content" warning is perhaps a tad overdone, just a few four-letter words here and there-words the kids have all heard before . . . Voters who every Memorial Day cast their ballots for "Stairway to Heaven" as number 1 should, err, stay away from this one. On the other hand, those who vote "Layla" in as number 2 will probably like it.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bryant Burnette on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First, thoughts on the DualDisc format: it's pretty cool. My car's CD player won't play the CD, which is a bummer, but all my other players spin it fine, so it's not that big a bummer. As for the DVD side of the disc, well, the highlight is the 5.1 surround mix of the album itself. The sound is fantastic. The bonuses are: a very good (but brief -- only 26 minutes) concert film, including two new songs; and two studio recordings from the period between the release of the album and the fall '04 presidential election. Both of those last two songs are great, and deal with politics in a totally un-heavy-handed manner. At the same time, it's clear that McKay is dissatisfied with the current administration, as well as the choices we had to replace it.

Now, the album. Well, it's awesome. McKay (it's pronounced "Mick-Kigh," apparently, by the way) is obviously a talented woman, and the talent sometimes threatens to get out of her control. But it never does, even on a track like "Sari," a hip-hop track that really ought not to work but totally does. Every song is good, but my particular favorites are "Ding Dong" (the catchiest song about suicide ever written), "Change the World," "Manhattan Avenue," and the hilarious "Clonie," in which McKay's lyrical wit is at its keenest.

I liked this album an awful lot when I bought it in the spring of 2004; now, a year later, it's even better. It's one of those albums that doesn't give over all its secrets at once. It rewards attention. There aren't too many artists who do that, and there are NONE who do it in so many ways. By turns funny, yearning, subversive, cynical, and sincere, this is a seriously good piece of work, and if the next one comes out tomorrow, then it isn't a moment too soon.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Leddy on June 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a totally terrific cd. The title seems an obvious jibe at Norah Jones' "Come Away with Me." I like Norah Jones' music, but Nellie McKay's cd has an energy and an eccentricity that are miles beyond. Maybe the best comparison is to Van Dyke Parks' "Song Cycle": "Get Away from Me" is another incredibly accomplished first record by a singer-songwriter-pianist who draws upon all sorts of musical influences to make songs that are completely distinctive.
The songs that really stand out (after one day's listening): "David," "Manhattan Avenue," "Sari" ("sorry"), "The Dog Song," "I Wanna Get Married," "Won't U Please B Nice." I hear many influences in this music--reggae, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones, "The Beach Boys Love You" (the loopiest B Boys album), and sixties pop in all sorts of ways. McKay's piano at the start of "Manhattan Avenue" evokes the theme from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," and the her brief piano solos here and elsewhere often suggest Thelonious Monk. Her lyrics are fast, sharp, and artfully rhyming: "i wanna get married / yes i need a spouse / i wanna nice leave it to beaver-ish / golden retriever / and a little white house." Her voice has incredibly flexibility and range. And in the words of Muddy Waters, "she's nineteen years old"! I hope Nellie McKay keeps making records for a very long time.
If you're wondering about "explicit" and "clean": I bought the "explicit" version (the "everything on it" version, as the record store clerk called it). The Parental Advisory seems to be a matter of three or four well-chosen instances of the f-word (or variants thereof). I'd have no problem letting my teenaged children listen to it.
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