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Jill Sobule
California Years
Pinko Records
www.jillsobule.com


Jill Sobule's name cannot ever be mentioned again without first referencing a certain girl-kissing song. And if your perception of Sobule is that of a one hit wonder, that's a shame. California Years was produced by the high-powered Don Was, and includes some of the best songwriting to come along in a long time. If it doesn't give you newfound respect for Sobule, nothing will.

Sobule calls this disc California Years because, in many ways, it's a concept album about California life. California is a crazy state, and two songs ("Palm Springs" and "San Francisco") point out two towns that couldn't be more different from each other. San Francisco is a city with a rich, counter culture heritage, whereas Palm Springs is known for its large senior citizen contingent and as the former home to Sonny Bono, who was once the anti-hippie.

The jewel in the crown of this disc, however, is "Nothing to Prove". On it, Sobule tells the story of seeking a label deal with "a dying record company" (and aren't they all death-bound now?) where she encounters a typical artificial L.A. woman. Sobule knows what it's like to be a good looking, pop star wannabe - those words once described her. But she's not that girl anymore. Los Angeles is a weird place to call home. It's not like Detroit, where industry means car manufacturing. Instead, industry equals the entertainment business. "Nothing to Prove" includes the following insightful lines: "Everyone's in the industry/And I hate it when they use that word/And when they tell me they're in the industry/I ask, "Oh, are you in steel?"

One of the songs Sobule recorded just for fun is "Where Is Bobbie Gentry?" Gentry is famous for "Ode To Billie Joe" from many years back. On this new song, however, Sobule fantasizes about meeting Gentry, and sings of this mystery woman over a country-soul backing that is a dead ringer for "Ode To Billie Joe".

Somebody please give this girl a big, wet kiss because California Years is one terrific album.

- Dan MacIntosh

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