"Ms. Exene Cervenka's solo debut landed as if to finally torch all the one-note, punk-uniformity-insisting, Doubting Thomases that dogged her monumentally excellent previous band, X toward the end of their outstanding reign as the greatest American Rock band of the Eighties. 'Old Wives' Tales' sonically resides somewhere between the Hillbilly, drunken-twang and bluegrass mutations __first affectionately revealed on her X-side-project, The Knitters__ and mixing in ill-willed folk styles with her obvious penchant for good ole kick-a** Cow-Punk fury. Songs like "Leave Heaven Alone", "She Wanted", and "Here Come The Crucifiers" are 3 of the most ravishingly beautiful songs Exene has ever composed, and HER VOICE is simultaneously infused with vitriol and sincere, heart-breaking sweetness. And her smashing lyricism here justifies every bit of it. Just try to top that, all you hardcore fascists. "Famous Barmaid" is a perfectly phrased and delivered spoken piece,(half-autobiographical, perhaps?)rhythmically recited over a jazzy, dive-bar band live backdrop. An absolute gem. "White Trash Wife", and "He's Got A She" are great hollering Punk numbers reflecting her uniquely dark take of post-modern womanhood. Three-quarters of the way through the disc, she pulls out all the stops and treats the listener to an amazingly conceived recitation of her prose, sans any music. "Gravel" has to be heard to be treasured. All I'll say it involves Native Americans and their ponderings while gazing at the preposterous faces blasted into their mountain homeland, aka Mt. Rushmore. Rock And Roll doesn't know how lucky it is to have Exene Cervenka injecting her arch intelligence and dissent into its bang-fest. This disc is a genuine masterpiece, pure and unsimple."
Hilda | Sweden | 09/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a really good CD. Loads of good songs.
Exene has a great voice and the lyrics are
awesome. I cant really explain why, but the
songs sends shivers down my spine. My favourite
is definatley Biggest Memory, it makes me so
happy. I just smile and sing at the top of my
I really wanted to love this CD
Anne Kathleen | In front of my Mac, United States | 02/24/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love X. I love Exene Cervenka's slightly off harmonies with John Doe. I love their frenzied, totally danceable punk music. I even love their slower songs.
So I really wanted to love Ms Cervenka's solo effort. Unfortunately, this CD fell flat with me. While she still has a good voice, the style of music (as another reviewer mentioned, bluegrass and folk) doesn't go over well with me. I wouldn't even classify this CD as a rock CD.
While I listened to the whole CD once, and it was decent enough, I can honestly say there's not one track on here that I like enough to copy to my iPod.
If you like folk music, you'll enjoy this CD. If you like punk rock, you'll want to give this one a pass.
Bring back John Doe..."
Exene shines on this one
Lyfguard1 | Logan, Utah | 06/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a masterpiece that many people don't know about. It is beautifully written, performed, recorded and produced from start to finish. If you are a fan of Exene, then you are a fool if you don't own this one. 'Nuff said ..."