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  • Audio CD (January 24, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I79
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Prine started veering rock 'n' roll on this 1973 album, and the result was one of the toughest "folk" albums ever recorded.

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For his third album, John Prine returned to the fuller sound of his landmark debut while venturing into increasingly cryptic lyrical terrain. Songs such as "Mexican Home," "Accident (Things Could Be Worse)," and "Blue Umbrella" are open-to-interpretation explorations that reveal the songsmith's intrepid reflections; they're also among the 12-song set's best numbers. "Dear Abby" is a comical novelty number while "Christmas in Prison" is a doleful in-the-clink carol. The openhearted "A Good Time" slipped into the shadows after Sweet Revenge (like Prine's other Atlantic albums) failed to hit commercial paydirt, but it's as touching as anything Prine has penned. This outing isn't as musically distinctive as Prine's other albums from his early period, but as collections of songs go, it's first-rate. --Steven Stolder

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And such humor!
Mike Leone
With quality songs from start to finish, Sweet Revenge is my favorite of his albums.
Gordon C. Duus
If you can listen without smiling, I wouldn't want to spend time with you. !
rfdh56b@prodigy.com Willis Triplett

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mike Leone on March 24, 2001
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I have loved John Prine ever since being introduced to him by way of "Sweet Revenge" back in 1973 when I was a college senior. I haven't heard this album in a while but dug it out and played it again tonight. I still love it.
First and foremost, John Prine is a poet. The words to many of his songs could stand very well on their own, without music; in fact, I'd love to see a book published of just the lyrics he has written over the years. Many of his songs are about the lives of everyday people, in some cases people forgotten by society, but he manages to find deep social truths in their lives. Therefore, John Prine's songs certainly do repay close attention to the words. And such humor! Lines such as "All of my friends are not dead or in jail" from the title track are even funnier to me now than they were back when I first heard the song.
However, even though the words to many of his songs are sufficient unto themselves as poetry, his unique voice certainly adds an extra welcome dimension to them. And don't be fooled; he may sound as though he is just tossing these songs off, but behind that facade (and that craggy voice) is a fantastic musician who knows exactly what he wants from each song in terms of shading, dynamics and the rest.
Certainly the funniest number on the album is "Dear Abby," which also gives us a glimpse of John's throwaway spoken humor. My first reaction to this song, many years ago, was "She's giving the same advice to each person," but when I finally stopped to think about it, I realized that John, through the imaginary words of Dear Abby, is saying that many of us are the cause of our own problems, and often for the very same reasons. For John Prine, even humor has its serious side.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rfdh56b@prodigy.com Willis Triplett on August 2, 1998
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John Prine's clever lyrics and pretty melodies made an impact on my life. I own six of his recordings, but the best is Sweet Revenge. There are very few albums that have four outrageously memorable songs, but Sweet Revenge does. They are Blue Umbrella, A Good Time, Mexican Home and Dear Abby.
Blue Umbrella is a guy deciding whether to break it off with his girl, and he's doing the deciding while walking in the rain under a blue umbrella. It has great lines, typically great "Prine Lines." This song touches my heart.
A Good Time is also fine. The chorus is "But, I never understood what a good time could cost... Til last night, when I sat and talked with you." Talking with her made him understand.
Mexican home is a mood song. Its unusual rhythms and mellow delivery almost make you think of the influence of alcohol.
Dear Abby is Prine's humor at its most wry. If you can listen without smiling, I wouldn't want to spend time with you.
! This album is an absolute must for any Prine Fan.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gordon C. Duus on September 30, 2000
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I have every John Prine original studio album. Most I originally bought on vinyl and replaced with CDs. With quality songs from start to finish, Sweet Revenge is my favorite of his albums. Songs approximately about revenge, death, prison, advice, loneliness, exasperation, stardom, grandparents, four way stop signs, Mexican weather (?), intimacy and hauling coal are served up with Prine's usual mix of wit, humility, humor, poignancy, insight and compassion. Much of it is folk music, some of it rocks, all of it has a pinch of country. An absolute treasure trove.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sam Stone on October 5, 2004
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I love Prine's music. I own more of his albums than I can count. If I had to pick 10 desert island disks, 7 of them would be by Prine. Out of all of them, this one is my favorite - it's the one I find myself listening to over and over again. Great songs, lively music with an edge, and some great guitar playing by Steve Goodman and others. A masterpiece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
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I grew up listening to this album and Diamonds in the Rough. I was born in '72 and can remember knowing the words to "Grandpa was a Carpenter" and "Christmas in Prison" by the time I was 5. Perhaps it is the nostalgia value but this is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Prine combines dry wit with poetic phrasing and the results are some of the best music this side of Lyle Lovett. These songs are gold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Pruett on August 5, 2008
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No one else creates lyrics like John Prine, and nowhere else is his lyrical prowess more on display than on this album. I mean come on: "Naked as the eyes of a clown"? Who else but John Prine could twist up a line like that? I think this his is finest collection of lyrical masters, unless you want to purchase the anthologyGreat Days: The John Prine Anthology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John D. Muir on March 2, 2011
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This happens to be my favorite John Prine album, and it's also the one I heard first. I'm pretty sure that's not a coincidence! It's his most country record, with songs like 'Grandpa was a Carpenter' and 'The Accident', as well as his country tribute 'Nine Pound Hammer.' Since country isn't my favorite genre, it's a little surprising that I like this collection best, but the answer is that several of the songs are among those of his I find the most appealing. 'Christmas in Prison', 'Blue Umbrella' and 'A Good Time' are among my picks, but for me his very best song of all is 'Mexican Home', with its driving shuffle-beat and evocative words brought out by a searing vocal.

The collection as a whole is first-rate, with humor in 'Please Don't Bury Me', 'Onomatopoeia' and the title song. The only thing I find surprising is that so many people rate 'Dear Abby' highly; to me, it's really the only weak link on the album, a little piece of throwaway comedy that you listen to once, but after you've got the joke is merely tedious, with not much melody or lyrical content to rate a second hearing. However, that's my personal taste and I'm obviously in the minority.

Prine has made many albums and there's a lot to like in all of them, but for me 'Sweet Revenge' will always rank number one.
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