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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signature Sounds
  • ASIN: B00008OLZA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Why Do I
2. Til The Wheels Fall Off
3. Shopping Around
4. Don't Ever Change
5. Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?
6. The Deal
7. O'Hare
8. How People Are
9. Even The Weak Survive
10. Last Request
11. Here We Go Again
12. Breakup Boots
13. Believe In You
14. All The Way To Heaven

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And the great thing about her stuff is that it's expressed in an extremely witty, self-aware way - there's nothing sappy about it.
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Excellent country-twinged rock with lyrics that will appeal to all.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Husson on May 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
By all rights, "Til the Wheels Fall Off" should be Amy Rigby's breakthrough album. This is her strongest, most consistent collection of original songs to date, supported by a crack team of musical compatriots including Todd Snider, Will Kimbrough, and Ken Coomer. They don't get much better than this.
This isn't kid stuff. "Wheels" is full of big, hard questions about big, hard life-and-love struggles, with no easy answers. "Why do I pull wings off butterflies...I kiss the boys but I'm the one who cries," she laments in "Why Do I". "What am I looking for?", she asks in "Shopping Around," adding "I'm getting older, I'm getting wiser/But am I getting laid?" "The Deal" picks up the wry relationship-as-transaction theme from her last album's "Cynically Yours". "Forget that couple stuff/Forget about love/That's the deal/It's optional", she proposes. Do you believe that? Neither does Amy. "I wish that I could lose myself inside of love/Instead of always standing on the outside," she sighs on "Believe In You", revealing the capital-R Romantic beneath the cynical facade.
But for all the drama - and there's plenty enough here - "Wheels" is shot through with good humor and musical sophistication. "Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?", a hilarious take on marital fizzle, gets a subtle banjo, pennywhistle, and bodhran Irish treatment. The bright, bouncy pop melody of "The Deal" seems to come right from the Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart/Monkees songbook. "Breakup Boots" gets a full country band treatment here that soars on World Dominator Will Kimbrough's slide work. The title cut is a loping shuffle tugged along by trebly Farfisa organ riffs, a loopy trombone solo, and a drawling Todd Snider duet that redefines "laid back". The Sept.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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It's hard to write a funny song that isn't just a novelty, but Amy Rigby is a master. Her comically pessimistic, self-deprecatingly ironic songs are as amusing on the 10th listen as they are on the first, in part because she can be as bitter ("Why Do I") as she is sweet ("Don't Ever Change").
Til The Wheels Fall Off is Rigby's best album since 1996's great Diary of a Mod Housewife. She's randy and rambunctious even as she deals with parenthood and a penchant for unreliable men. In rootsy songs that range from the Tex-Mex title track (a duet with Todd Snider) to the jaunty piano pop of "The Deal" to the twangy anthem "Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?" ("We used to be triple x-rated/look at us now, so domesticated"), Rigby dissects desires and doubts with vivacity and humor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David R McConnaughey on May 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
just got Amy Rigby's latest - Til the Wheels fall Off.  A GREAT cd...equal to her first, Diary of a Mod Housewife.  She's absorbed all the great R&R moves into her musical subconscious and everything fuses together wonderfully...Her melodies are lovely; the arrangements go from the delicate to seriously rocking out.  But it's her rueful, often witty lyrics that trump everything..An underlying drone supports the music - organ, mellotron, accordion depending on the song, but it's a neat effect.  The next to last song, Believe in You, is a lovely musical homage to George Harrison... the last, All the Way to Heaven, has a sweet VU sound but almost all the songs (and esp songs 1-5 & 10,13-14) are wonderful. Jump off the Lucinda Williams bandwagon & give Amy Rigby a buy & a listen.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Music fan on July 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Amy Rigby is such an original voice she needs her own sub-genre. Not pop/rock. Something like Single Mom, Rock 'n Droll (S&M, R&D).
After three poorly-promoted albums for Koch Records, she's landed at Signature Sounds, the boutique Massachusetts label of Richard Shindell, Josh Ritter and the late Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.
Tongue firmly planted, Rigby croons that loneliness feels good to her and that "deep inside I'm awful, colder than a frozen waffle." She's proud to be randy in "Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?" She's sweet about her beer-bellied boy and her tuned-out daughter in "Don't Ever Change." She even ponders the cosmic with "Believe in You."
While most of the tunes are straight-ahead pop, she throws in a few curves. There's girl group pop in "Shopping Around." Country pop in "Breakup Boots," featuring Will Kimbrough's slide guitar. And the title cut, a duet with Todd Snider, has a Farfisa organ that would make Difford and Tilbrook smile. Throughout, Richard Barone, Bill Lloyd and Duane Jarvis lend a hand.
The lyrics on a few cuts, notably "O'Hare" and "Even the Weak Survive," come across as forced. But overall this may be her best album since "Diary of a Mod Housewife," her out-of-print debut, and it's a good companion to "18 Again," the collection of shoulda-been hits from her first three discs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2003
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Reviewer: John Husson
By all rights, �Til the Wheels Fall Off� should be Amy Rigby�s breakthrough album. This is her strongest, most consistent collection of original songs to date, supported by a crack team of musical compatriots. They don�t get much better than this. This isn�t kid stuff. �Wheels� is full of big, hard questions about big, hard life-and-love struggles, with no easy answers. �Why do I pull wings off butterflies...I kiss the boys but I�m the one who cries,� she laments in �Why Do I�. �What am I looking for?�, she asks in Shopping Around, adding �I�m getting older, I�m getting wiser/But am I getting laid?� �The Deal� picks up the wry relationship-as-transaction theme from her last album�s�Cynically Yours�. �Forget that couple stuff/Forget about love/That�s the deal/It�s optional�, she proposes. Do you believe that? Neither does Amy. �I wish that I could lose myself inside of love/Instead of always standing on the outside,� she sighs on �Believe In You�, revealing the capital-R Romantic beneath the cynical facade. But for all the drama - and there�s plenty enough here - �Wheels� is shot through with good humor and musical sophistication. �Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?�, a hilarious take on marital fizzle, gets a subtle banjo, pennywhistle, and bodhran Irish treatment. The bright, bouncy pop melody of �The Deal� seems to come right from the Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart/Monkees songbook. �Breakup Boots� gets a full country band treatment here that soars on World Dominator Will Kimbrough�s slide work. The title cut is a loping shuffle tugged along by trebly Farfisa organ riffs, a loopy trombone solo, and a drawling Todd Snider duet that redefines �laid back�. The Sept.
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