11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Michelle Shocked made the leap from the lo-fi approach of her debut album into a fully produced setting on Short Sharp Shocked, an excellent set that remains her best-known release. The Texas-bred singer/songwriter teams up with producer Pete Anderson (of Dwight Yoakam fame) to achieve an appealing fusion of folk and alt-country sounds, with a dash of punk tossed in. Shocked comes to grips with both old memories and new realities here — there’s a hard-won wisdom in these tracks, conveyed in Michelle’s jazz-tinged delivery and the wry humor embedded in her lyrics. “Memories of East Texas,” “Gladewater” and “V.F.D.” examine the pleasures and limitations of small-town life with a knowing eye. Shocked rocks righteously on the bluesy “When I Grow Up” and the thrashing “Fogtown” (a team-up with punk unit MDC); she gets political on “Graffiti Limbo” and asserts her trad-folk credentials by covering Jean Ritchie’s “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore.” Most of all, the album is defined by “Anchorage,” a bittersweet look at the distance between old friends.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Michelle Shocked made the leap from the lo-fi approach of her debut album into a fully produced setting on Short Sharp Shocked, an excellent set that remains her best-known release. The Texas-bred singer/songwriter teams up with producer Pete Anderson (of Dwight Yoakam fame) to achieve an appealing fusion of folk and alt-country sounds, with a dash of punk tossed in. Shocked comes to grips with both old memories and new realities here — there’s a hard-won wisdom in these tracks, conveyed in Michelle’s jazz-tinged delivery and the wry humor embedded in her lyrics. “Memories of East Texas,” “Gladewater” and “V.F.D.” examine the pleasures and limitations of small-town life with a knowing eye. Shocked rocks righteously on the bluesy “When I Grow Up” and the thrashing “Fogtown” (a team-up with punk unit MDC); she gets political on “Graffiti Limbo” and asserts her trad-folk credentials by covering Jean Ritchie’s “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore.” Most of all, the album is defined by “Anchorage,” a bittersweet look at the distance between old friends.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
52 Ratings
52 Ratings
hadg ,

Easily the Best of 'chelle

I have been a fan of Michelle Shocked for many years, well before the 2003 release date shown here (her music was not available stateside for years due to contract issues). I originally bought the cassette and wore it out, her web-site provides her music as well and I'm glad iTunes carries it now. I finally had the opportunity to see her live last year - and it was worth the wait. There are no weak songs here; Michelle is simply a superb storyteller. Her lyrics aim for the gut and soul; anyone will find something personal from her songs. My favorites are . . . well, hard to decide, but Black Widow and The L&N are superb. If you get the chance, find the extended -re-issue of this album which includes live and alternate takes of some of these songs; 5 A.M. in Amsterdam is great (poignant, and shows that she is not afraid to let you into her life), as well as Fred's Winter Song.

modern_goat ,

Thank You iTunes!!!!!!!

I did grow up and have never forgotten MS. Shocked's song "When I grow Up"
Thank you for getting this on iTunes. Just get this album......

eddoc70 ,

Meh

An amazing album. Every song is brilliant. Sadly, Shocked's genius will always be overshadowed by her willful ignorance. Too bad.

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