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Pink Pearl [Import]

Jill SobuleAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: October 4, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Beyond
  • ASIN: B00004SBZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rainy Day Parade
2. One Of These Days
3. Lucy At The Gym
4. Claire
5. Mexican Wrestler
6. Heroes
7. Mary Kay
8. Somewhere In New Mexico
9. Guy Who Doesn't Get It
10. Someone's Gonna Greak Your Heart
11. Loveless Motel
12. Rock Me To Sleep

Editorial Reviews

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Like Aimee Mann, Jill Sobule had a hit early (1995's "I Kissed a Girl") and then was dropped by her major label. Now that the dust has settled, one can only hope that, like Mann, Sobule will reap the artistic and commercial recognition she deserves. Though no slouch in the melody department, Sobule really shines as a deft lyricist. On songs that act as many self-contained vignettes, she captures life's little miseries and epiphanies with economy and understated humor. Though she isn't afraid to tackle wide topics ("Heroes" reveals our icons' feet of clay with lines such as "Heard Babe Ruth was full of malice / Lewis Carroll I'm sure did Alice"), Sobule's specialty is to focus on individuals in a way that's both sharp-witted and compassionate. In the end, Pink Pearl's greatest accomplishment is showing that there are as many good song subjects as there are people around us--you only need to pay attention. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Jill Sobule ~ Pink Pearl

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More fun from Sobule August 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What a treat -- more Jill Sobule music. Though it's an acquired taste, it's a taste nonetheless, and I'm glad she's putting out more music for her fans.
On that note, "Pink Pearl" will no doubt delight any fan of Sobule's, with her whimsical lyrics and ability to tell stories with her songs. Starting off with catchier tracks like "Rainy Day Parade" and "One of These Days" and then easing into mellower tracks like "Mexican Wrestler," "Pink Pearl" delivers a great listen.
This CD is harder to get into than "Happy Town," though, and I found that many of the songs were harder to relate to (a trend she has here is focusing the songs on individual women -- "Claire," "Mary Kay," "Lucy at the Gym"). This broke up the rythm for me at first, and made it harder to really get into the CD, though eventually that wore down and I did have a few good listens.
I'd recommend Sobule's "Happy Town" to new listeners of her music, though "Pink Pearl" does live up to expectations of this great musician.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too clever for the mainstream and that's too bad April 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Jill Sobule should be a huge star - she writes great, tuneful, hook-y melodies with sardonic and irreverent, but heartfelt, lyrics. Of course, if you're too clever or ironic, you fly right over the mainstream's head. Which is just where she's flown. However, thanks to three strong releases previous to this one, and appearances on soundtracks for many major motion pictures ("Clueless," "Truth About Cats and Dogs"), she has earned a small but loyal cult. "Pink Pearl" is typical Sobule, meaning it's great. Working in a range of song styles (bossa nova, hard rock, country, pop), she addresses such topics as senility ("Dear Claire"), unrequited love ("Mexican Wrestler"), gym fanatics ("Lucy at the Gym"), procrastination ("One of These Days"), and ends it all with a sweet lullaby ("Rock Me To Sleep"). Though, personally, I don't find it as track-for-track fabulous as her second, self-titled release, it's quite a grand accomplishment all the same. As you can see, other reviews on this site say much of the same thing, but I thought I'd put in my two cents worth to prove that there ARE people all across the country who have discovered what others have yet to - that Jill Sobule is one of top singer-songwriters working today. Let's hope she gets some more commercial success. C'mon, people, let's move some units!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great lyrics great melodies interesting voice November 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album was a pleasant surprise. If you enjoy female vocalists and witty lyrics you'll like this. The songs have graceful melodies and are easy to listen to yet reward attention as well. Just like the review quoted on the site says, the lyrics really demonstrate that there are interesting things going on in even the most ordinary events...just as an example from "Rainy Day Parade":

I used to have the stars in my pockets

Now I just watch them on TV

My friends, they've all run away

But they'll come back again

And we'll have a celebration

Getting back on my medication

We'll have a rainy day parade

Other songs include "Lucy at the Gym" about a woman exercising to overcome self image problems, dying and going to heaven..."Mexican wrestler" about unrequited love..."Claire" about a friendship with a woman with Alzheimer's and secrets of that life that are lost to fading memories and ambiguity...

Great stuff - really enjoy the songs - too bad Amazon doesn't have samples foryou to listen to so you could see if you like it.

I would say that the closest performer that comes to mind is the duo of Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jill strikes Gold with Pink Pearl April 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Jill Sobule follows her third album "Happy Town" with a fun, intense, happier sound on "Pink Pearl". Songs that touch on issues of Bulemia, first love, and people's imperfections that they find within themselves. Jill's real talent (aside from being an amazing songwriter and lyricist) is to write music about real people and issues that the masses are dealing with. Bravo for having the guts to do that Jill!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hate Jewel? You'll love this!! February 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard Jill Sobule ("I Kissed a Girl"), I wrote her off as a novelty act or another Lilith wannabe.
Could I have BEEN any more wrong? I saw her live when she opened up the Bridge School Benefit concerts (with Dave Matthews, REM, and Pearl Jam, among others) and didn't expect much, but I had to run out and buy this CD the next day! I was not disappointed.
Some reviewers mentioned that the CD grows on you after a few listens, and I agree with that. However, enough of the songs are instantly catchy ("Rainy Day Parade," "Claire," "Heroes") that you keep listening until you notice the rest of the tracks ("Lucy at the Gym", "Mexican Wrestler").
I don't like most female singer-songwriters (eg--Jewel) because I think they tend to be whiney and preoccupied with lost love/relationships, etc. That's great if you've just been dumped, but if you haven't--who cares? Jill's lyrics are incredibly witty and insightful. I mean, who hasn't noticed the anorexic at their gym? ("Lucy...") How can you not love someone who writes lines like "Raymond Chandler drunk and depressed/Tennessee Williams drunk and depressed/Think I'll just get drunk and depressed" (from "Heroes"). So, until Jill comes back and tours the West Coast, I'll be patiently waiting with this CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Only late 90's Pet Sounds knockoff that sounds good
After the electronic-static clickey-clack brought on by Surfacing during the "lilith era", quite a number of solo artists in the late 90's seemed to want to do some sort of Phil... Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I got this way back in 2000, the start of that Nasdaq hopes decade that turned out to be a different beast than we all thought. I remember loving it, and then putting it away. Read more
Published on May 23, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
3.0 out of 5 stars I can crack your ribs but I can't break your heart
Jill Sobule is a smart and witty songwriter who keeps gaining maturity with each progressive CD. "Pink Pill" is a more enjoyable recording than Happy Town, in that the songs seem... Read more
Published on September 13, 2007 by Tim Brough
3.0 out of 5 stars I can crack your ribs but I can't break your heart
Jill Sobule is a smart and witty songwriter who keeps gaining maturity with each progressive CD. "Pink Pill" is a more enjoyable recording than Happy Town, in that the songs seem... Read more
Published on September 13, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomonal Album!
OMG! I can't BELIEVE there are only two reviews for this fantastic album! As is all of Jill's material - it's full of really smart, really funny, heartfelt and incisive songs. Read more
Published on August 7, 2007 by A. Marks
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Cute
JS has a very pretty if rather small voice. Her lyrics are smart and different. Songs are catchy. I'm surprised none of the tracks from Pink Pearl were hits. Read more
Published on May 22, 2006 by Belinda
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy!
I had to submit a review to counteract all the illegitimate fawning reviews. Her voice is totally annoying. More important, her tunes are just awful. The worst! Read more
Published on May 2, 2005 by Weldon Steel
5.0 out of 5 stars Jill at her best
You must buy this CD for the first and last tracks at least! But I loved nearly everything on the CD. Jill is the kind of artist I never tire of listening to. Read more
Published on October 29, 2003 by KTB
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
Jill Sobule writes pop music with intelligence, heart, sarcasm and wit. In other words, she's just too good to ever be famous.
Published on December 17, 2002 by Michael Colby
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great songwriter
Jill sobule has always been able to write wonderful songs. Little character sketches and plot twists, like a Borges or Roald Dahl short story in song form, pepper her albums. Read more
Published on May 29, 2002 by Isaac T. Boyles
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