Short Sharp Shocked
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I had the original back in 1989. It was a favorite back then. It's just one of those albums you can play over and over. Somehow, I sold it with my whole CD collection about 10 or 12 years ago.
Then, one day I was downloading some stuff on Kazaa and I ran across a couple of songs from the reissue and checked out Michelle's web site, because I hadn't followed her too closely in recent years.
Now, this is where the record companies got it wrong. They think everybody's just ripping the everything off. Well, not everyone. I bought this, BECAUSE I heard it on the internet! I feel it's worth every cent it cost. I happen to think that artists are entitled to the profit from their hard work. And the hard work is apparent here.
What makes this even better is the fact that Michelle fought for the rights to own her material and won. So I hope she'll stand to make what's due to her, instead of some record executives in LA. If you're thinking about getting this, don't hesitate. Because, you never know, it may go out of print again. Another two thumbs up. Happy listening!
The power of this album lies in Shocked's wonderful voice, which serves a broad variety of musical styles. There is the hard-core rock of "When I Grow Up" and "If Love Was a Train," the talking blues of "Graffiti Limbo," the folk strains of "Anchorage" and "Memories of East Texas," and the mountain melancholy of "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore."
Shocked's voice is wonderfully expressive, and the arrangements allow her to tell her stories in a way that draws us into her many musical worlds. There are so many high points on the album that one hesitates to single out a single cut, but "Anchorage," for me, symbolizes Shocked's musical power.
The song is about the writer taking "some time out" to write to her old friend, who has moved to Anchorage and taken up a new life as a "housewife," as she describes herself. It takes great skill for a songwriter to duplicate the rhythms of everyday speech, but Shocked accomplishes it in her song, which captures the pleasure of discovering a friend's new life at the same time that one feels the pain of realizing that friend has moved on. It's a great performance.
Why do so many American artists only find recognition of foreign labels? Maybe that's a new song for Michelle Shocked to explore. In the meantime, do her and yourself a favor and buy this CD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was disappointed that the recording was not th original Short,Sharp Shocked, but the remastered version, not as good. Also it should have been a 2 CD set and I only received 1 CD.Published 7 months ago by Pamela McGilvray
Her music is a rare gem, and is as well one of the only musical artists that makes me cry (there may be just a couple of others). Truely inspirational work.Published 10 months ago by Solaris
Michelle Shocked's seminal album, bested only by her brilliant Captain Swing--it's the perfect introduction to her work; if you like her style, you'll quickly be hooked. Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by R. R, Castillo
If you combined Andie McDowell, Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, and Stevie Nicks and had them sing bad Johnny Cash songs to a country jazz tune, added a teaspoon of saddness and a... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Love Machine
This is one of her better albums
It features her hit song when I grow old
The album has a bluesy sound to it
The Michele Shocked CD, Short Sharp Shocked, is pretty much like the title. A really great set of tunes.Published on October 4, 2010 by K. Marso