Rachel Sweet B.A.B.Y.: The Best of Rachel Sweet

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CD Details

  • Released: May 7, 2001
  • Label: Metro Music

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 7/01, p.143
4 stars out of 5 - "...Highlighted both an oddly mature voice and a lot of songwriters with Stiff connections. So there's a nifty 'Stranger In The House', a game 'New Rose' and even, brilliantly, a country version of Devo's 'Be Stiff'..."

Tracks:

  • 1.B-a-B-Y
  • 2.New Rose
  • 3.Who Does Lisa Like?
  • 4.Baby Let's Play House
  • 5.I Go to Pieces
  • 6.Spellbound
  • 7.Stranger in the House
  • 8.Foul Play
  • 9.Suspended Animation
  • 10.Fool's Gold
  • 11.Lover's Lane
  • 12.Pin a Medal on Mary
  • 13.Sad Song
  • 14.Take Good Care of Me
  • 15.Wildwood Saloon
  • 16.Stay Awhile
  • 17.Cuckoo Clock
  • 18.New Age
  • 19.Tonight Ricky
  • 20.Be Stiff

Product Description:

Includes liner notes by Joe Cushley.
This is part of Metro's Union Square series.
Audio Mixer: Peter Solley.
It's very easy to remember Rachel Sweet as little more than a juvenile novelty within the Stiff Records canon, one more in a long line of headline-grabbing oddities who vanished from the radar around the same time as people stopped caring what the label itself was up to. To do so, however, serves up a dreadful injustice, to Sweet of course, but also to anyone who actually sits down to listen to Sweet's Stiff Records output and discovers there a treasure trove of excellence. Her Fool Around debut album, in particular, was a masterpiece, a country-new wave hybrid a decade ahead of its time, and littered with some sensational performances -- "Who Does Lisa Like" is only the most obvious, the almost shockingly mature "Wildwood Saloon" only the most surprising. Of course there were a few obligatory bubblegum boppers in there, but when the novelty factor gets too grating, it's the songs ("Cuckoo Clock," "Girl with a Synthesizer") that jar, not the singer. Sweet's second album, Protect the Innocent, was less enthralling, although a lovely cover of the Velvet Underground's "New Age" and a strange take on the Damned's "New Rose" both thrill, while Sweet also unleashed a positively beautiful take on the oldie "I Go to Pieces." All of which lines B.A.B.Y. up as an excellent collection, and a fitting tribute to a singer who should never have been allowed to fade away as she did. At her best, she really was one of the best. ~ Dave Thompson

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  • UPC: 698458104823
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