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The Bellevue Years

Christine Lavin

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Album Review

Lavin's lost EP Husbands and Wives and Another Woman's Man are compiled with previously unreleased live radio interviews and songs recorded at the sessions for what's essentially an '80s career retrospective (it was also a period when Lavin had a day job at New York's Bellevue Hospital and, thus, the title). You can't beat Lavin for sarcasm, humor, and heartbreak and it's all here, from the sharp "If You Need Space, Go to Utah" to the tearjerker "The Vacation of Their Lives." Lavin fingerpicks her way through the pure folk, but comedy (of the long lost Steve Goodman variety) may be her strong suite; the self-explanatory "Cold Pizza For Breakfast," the anti-nature "Camping," and the ode to marital aids "Artificial Means" are gut-busters.

Biography

Born: 02 January 1952 in Geneva, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Christine Lavin emerged out of the crowded New York City songwriter scene of the '80s with a style that distinguished her from her peers. First, her songs were overwhelmingly concerned with contemporary romantic mores (that scary, uncertain world of "relationships," "commitments," and "biological clocks"). Second, while her takes on this subject could sometimes be sentimental or even maudlin, more often they were humorous. "If You Need Space, Go to Utah" was the first track on her second recording,...
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