Rachel Sweet - B.A.B.Y.; The Best Of Rachel Sweet (2001) Flac and mp3
It's very easy to remember Rachel Sweet
as little more than a juvenile novelty within the Stiff Records canon,
one more in a long line of headline-grabbing oddities who vanished from
the radar around the same time as people stopped caring what the label
itself was up to. To do so, however, serves up a dreadful injustice, to Sweet of course, but also to anyone who actually sits down to listen to Sweet's
Stiff Records output and discovers there a treasure trove of
Her Fool Around debut album, in particular, was a
masterpiece, a country-new wave hybrid a decade ahead of its time, and
littered with some sensational performances -- "Who Does Lisa Like" is
only the most obvious, the almost shockingly mature "Wildwood Saloon"
only the most surprising. Of course there were a few obligatory
bubblegum boppers in there, but when the novelty factor gets too
grating, it's the songs ("Cuckoo Clock," "Girl with a Synthesizer") that
jar, not the singer. Sweet's second album, Protect the Innocent, was less enthralling, although a lovely cover of the Velvet Underground's "New Age" and a strange take on the Damned's "New Rose" both thrill, while Sweet also unleashed a positively beautiful take on the oldie "I Go to Pieces."
All of which lines B.A.B.Y.
up as an excellent collection, and a fitting tribute to a singer who
should never have been allowed to fade away as she did. At her best, she
really was one of the best.(allmusic.com.)
Rachel Sweet was great in the four years from 1978 till 1982. I must confess that i don't know later stuff ( i.e. the album ''The Look'' , released without calling her name on the album).