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Please Don't Make Me Too Happy

Christine LavinAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Constant State Of Want 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. The Secrets At This Wedding 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Sixth Floor 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Jane 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Jagged Hearts 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Scatter New Seeds 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Waiting For The B Train 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Something Is Wrong With This Picture 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Please Don't Make Me Too Happy 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (February 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000000DU3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

On the up side, Christine Lavin's eighth album, Please Don't Make Me Too Happy, includes three hilarious stand-up monologues thinly disguised as folksongs. "Oh No" resembles a Lucille Ball routine where the comedienne can't find her glasses, her purse, or her phone book. "Waiting for the B Train" is a slice-of-life, absurdist narrative from the New York subway system, and the album's title track is a wonderfully exaggerated worry-fest about growing too contented to write meaningful folksongs. On the down side, the album's other nine songs are eye-glazingly earnest. On "Jane," she turns a reunion with a long-lost friend into a smug, humorless put-down of housewives everywhere. On "The Sixth Floor," a song about the Kennedy Museum in Dallas, Lavin manages to make the most controversial historical event of her lifetime deadly dull. Several numbers about the single life wallow in self-pity. And teaming up with musicians who have played with the Band, Nanci Griffith, Bryan Adams, the Max Weinberg Seven, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra doesn't flesh out Lavin's notoriously thin music so much as it exposes just how limited a singer she is. --Geoffrey Himes

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3.0 out of 5 stars I fear my rhyming days are through January 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I got this album after hearing some of Christine's humorous songs. I was somewhat disappointed to find out that most of the songs on this album are serious. They are not bad songs, they are just not what I expected. And there are a few good funny songs. Christine is a clever songwriter, and fans of contemporary folk would probably enjoy her music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Really Good Songs July 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this Cd for 'Constant State of Want' after it played on Public Radio. I am quite pleased with the album. Several of the songs are stellar - 'Jane', 'The Sixth Floor', 'Jagged Hearts', 'Scatter New Seeds', 'Something Wrong with This Picture' are all great songs. The others are not bad, just unusual - you have to keep in mind that Lavin is a humorist so songs like 'Waiting for the B Train' and '*69' tell humorous stories. 'Waiting for the B Train' is hilarious - about people standing at the subway when someone thinks they see a puppy on the track and trying to get someone to go get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful...sad and real November 29, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Christine can sound sad, or happy, or bizarre, but she's always Christine. This is the album that turned me from a fan to a fanatic -- it's a poet's vision of modern life and the weird things it makes us do. I highly recommend it.
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