18 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Featuring just one unreleased track (“Keep It to Yourself”) and a demo version of “Magicians” that appeared in grander form on her third album The Sugar Tree, 18 Again collects the “best” cuts from Rigby’s first three solo albums. The difficulty here is that Rigby has never had any actual hits and her songwriting is so consistently good that each of the original albums features plenty of tunes that deserve to be here. In other words, any way you choose, you won’t go wrong. Rigby is that rare songwriter who can run the gamut of human emotions without hitting a false note. She does anger, jealousy, sadness and frustration with equal authority. She can make you laugh with the brazen and obvious joke behind the crushing rock of “Balls,” can give you a sense of being found out on the sharply critical “Cynically Yours” or reveal the justifiable anger of “20 Questions.” Rigby doesn’t shy from her advancing age but she’s also willing to offer advice to the young by setting a less than perfect example (“The Summer of My Wasted Youth”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Featuring just one unreleased track (“Keep It to Yourself”) and a demo version of “Magicians” that appeared in grander form on her third album The Sugar Tree, 18 Again collects the “best” cuts from Rigby’s first three solo albums. The difficulty here is that Rigby has never had any actual hits and her songwriting is so consistently good that each of the original albums features plenty of tunes that deserve to be here. In other words, any way you choose, you won’t go wrong. Rigby is that rare songwriter who can run the gamut of human emotions without hitting a false note. She does anger, jealousy, sadness and frustration with equal authority. She can make you laugh with the brazen and obvious joke behind the crushing rock of “Balls,” can give you a sense of being found out on the sharply critical “Cynically Yours” or reveal the justifiable anger of “20 Questions.” Rigby doesn’t shy from her advancing age but she’s also willing to offer advice to the young by setting a less than perfect example (“The Summer of My Wasted Youth”).

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About Amy Rigby

Singer/songwriter Amy Rigby first surfaced during the early 1980s as a member of the New York City-based cowpunk outfit the Last Roundup, later earning cult success with the postmodern girl group the Shams. The former wife of ex-dB's drummer Will Rigby, she made her solo debut in 1996 with Diary of a Mod Housewife, a record widely acclaimed for its vivid portraits of life as a thirtysomething single mother and its smart assimilation of pop, country, and folk sounds; Middlescence followed two years later; and The Sugar Tree was issued in fall 2000. The 18 Again anthology was released in 2002, collecting the best singles and album tracks from her first three records and putting them onto one CD. Her 2003 release, Til the Wheels Fall Off, reflected some of the flavor of her newly adopted hometown, Nashville, with guest appearances by Nashville musicians Todd Snider, Ken Coomer, Duane Jarvis, Dave Jacques, and Rick Plant. Rigby headed back to her old stomping grounds of New York City to record 2005's Little Fugitive, which features guest shots from Big Apple admirers Lenny Kaye and Dennis Diken. ~ Jason Ankeny

HOMETOWN
Pttsburg, PA
GENRE
Rock
BORN
January 25, 1959

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