Rolling Stone - 10/31/02, p.136
Ranked # 33 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"
Rolling Stone - 2/20/03, p.675 stars out of 5
- "...A blast of L.A. guitar thrash that changed the emotional language of punk rock..."
Entertainment Weekly - 9/28/01, p.75
"...Refines the punkabilly formula, but with sturdier melodies..." - Rating: A
Q - 11/01, p.1463 out of 5 stars
- "...A sequel to their debut with better songwriting..."
CMJ - 1/5/04, p.8Ranked #20
in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"
No Depression - 11-12/01, p.108
"...An embarrassment of aural pleasures and surprises....an essential punk rock touchstone."
Available with LOS ANGELES on 1 CD.
X: John Doe (vocals, bass); Exene Cervenka (vocals); Billy Zoom (guitar); D.J. Bonebrake (drums).
Recorded at Clover Recorders, Hollywood, California in March 1981. Originally released on Slash (107). Includes liner notes by Kristine McKenna.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: John Doe (vocals); Billy Zoom (guitar); D.J. Bonebrake (drums).
Audio Mixer: Patrick Burnette.
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Recording information: Clover Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1977-1981); Club 88, Los Angles, CA (1977-1981); Golden Sound Studio, Hollywood, CA (1977-1981); Hound Dog Studios (1977-1981); The Bacchanal, San Diego, CA (1977-1981); X's Garage, Los Angles, CA (1977-1981).
On X's sophomore effort, 1981's WILD GIFT, the quartet made a conscious effort to solidify their songwriting and sound. While some of the jagged edges have been smoothed out, compared to their rough-and-ready debut, LOS ANGELES, there is still plenty of punk rock energy and attitude to go around. Once again, former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek is on board as producer, and the results are just as impressive. The obvious standout is "White Girl," a punk pop ditty that foreshadowed such later bands as the Pixies and Nirvana, and would have been a smash hit in a perfect world. Also included are such subsequent X standards as "We're Desperate," "In This House That I Call Home," and the rockabilly rocker "Beyond and Back" (which would later serve as a title track for a double-disc 1997 anthology of the band). The 2001 Rhino Records reissue contains seven bonus tracks, including a demo take of "Blue Spark" (which would be recut for their third album, UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN) and a single mix of the aforementioned gem, "White Girl."