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Amy Rigby - Til The Wheels Fall Off
(Signature Sounds)

Amy Rigby's fourth album is another postcard from the edge of domestic despair. The mostly rootsy-flavored Wheels deals largely with longing, disappointment, heartbreak--the emotional biggies of day-to-day existence. Ever the mod housewife, she takes these demons seriously but also humorously dismisses them as inevitable, never losing sight of the fact that life goes on and shit has to get done. Rigby's plaintive voice carries it all, hinting at melancholy throughout without ever getting bogged down in it. The album's rawest and most poignant moment is also its funniest: "Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?" expresses exactly the sort of frustration its title suggests.

WOMEN WHO ROCK, May/June 2003