Tuesday Night Music Club
1993: A&M CD 0126
I bought this because All I Wanna Do was a marvelously sharp snapshot of life at that time; I like a few of the other tracks on the album but largely I can leave this one aside, personally. Whether its a good or a bad album, whether the controversy over how much of its content is good only because of its heady collaboration and not Crows own talents, I cant say. I know what I like and what I respond to, and some of this definitely makes that cut in my book, for whatever reason.
What grabbed me about All I Wanna Do was the irresistable groove, the catchy melody, and the general impression; what sustains the grip is what I found upon further consideration: the lyrics are a solid poem, blindingly evocative and deftly paced, the groove is both uplifting and unsettling, and the picture being painted is unjudgementally tragic. On top of all that Crows vocal delivery of the goods is unexpectedly just righther voice is a touch too high-pitched and thin for what Id like, usually, but somehow here its a balance to the heavy twanginess of the plodding instrumental track.
Beyond that track, the ones that hook me are the sleazy exposé of What I Can Do For You, Solidify which is just yummy rock, and The Na-Na Song which is yet another entry (albeit a very enjoyable one) in the plethora of wordplay-based social-observation songs. But nothing on this album comes near the concision of All I Wanna Do and to suggest otherwise would be ridiculous. I dont know what Crows done since this (besides piss off her collaborators), but its hard to imagine that shes eclipsed that moment without me hearing about it.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.