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Short Sharp Shocked
Michelle Shocked
Short Sharp Shocked
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1

UK version of the singer/songwriter's critically acclaimed 1988 debut studio album now out of print in the U.S.. Ten tracks, including the classic, 'Anchorage'. Standard jewel case.


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All Artists: Michelle Shocked
Title: Short Sharp Shocked
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 5
Label: Polygram Int'l
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: New Wave & Post-Punk, Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042283492424, 766486575127, 042283492417, 042283492448


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UK version of the singer/songwriter's critically acclaimed 1988 debut studio album now out of print in the U.S.. Ten tracks, including the classic, 'Anchorage'. Standard jewel case.

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Tyler Smith | Denver, CO United States | 04/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's a mystery as to why an album of this quality is an import, but we'll lay that aside for the purposes of this review. The essential point is that Ms. Shocked produced, with "Short, Sharped Shocked," an album of uncommon lyrical poignancy and hard-edged musicality.The power of this album lies in Shocked's wonderful voice, which serves a broad variety of musical styles. There is the hard-core rock of "When I Grow Up" and "If Love Was a Train," the talking blues of "Graffiti Limbo," the folk strains of "Anchorage" and "Memories of East Texas," and the mountain melancholy of "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore."Shocked's voice is wonderfully expressive, and the arrangements allow her to tell her stories in a way that draws us into her many musical worlds. There are so many high points on the album that one hesitates to single out a single cut, but "Anchorage," for me, symbolizes Shocked's musical power.The song is about the writer taking "some time out" to write to her old friend, who has moved to Anchorage and taken up a new life as a "housewife," as she describes herself. It takes great skill for a songwriter to duplicate the rhythms of everyday speech, but Shocked accomplishes it in her song, which captures the pleasure of discovering a friend's new life at the same time that one feels the pain of realizing that friend has moved on. It's a great performance.Why do so many American artists only find recognition of foreign labels? Maybe that's a new song for Michelle Shocked to explore. In the meantime, do her and yourself a favor and buy this CD."
Strangely - on my top 10 all time list !
Jason B Rothschild | St. Louis, MO USA | 01/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of my favorite albums since a stellar review by Rolling Stone (or Spin) in 1988. Has the amazingly rare ability to be played over and over - which, to me, proves its greatness. I do not like country music at all. Her music might seem like country with casual listening, but it's more. My other favorite artists (noting that Michelle's other albums are fine,and occasionally excellent but none can really compare) are mostly 'boy bands' such as metallica, sonic youth, the clash, velvet underground/lou reed, neil young, grateful dead, janes addiction, superchunk, archers of loaf, beastie boys to name a few. The only other 'girl music' I really like is Gillian Welch. That's another story. Anyway, if you're even to this page already - just buy it. Don't let it get away. (she should send me a buck for this gaudy endorsement, don't you think?) One more note - about the last song on the album...If you don't like punk, skip it every time you play the record. I think it's fun and an interesting contrast (it is a punked-up cover of a much more sedate original version.)"
Short, sharp, and shocking
billy79 | NY, USA | 06/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first came across Michelle Shocked in the soundtrack album to "Dead Man Walking". I was impressed by what I can only describe as her honesty; but never bothered to look for any of her other works. Then I heard a group of friends play "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore" at a local coffeehouse... and I just had to know whose arrangement it was. Turns out they had borrowed most of it from this album, and so my search for "Short, Sharp, Shocked" began. It's sad that an album of this calibre can't be found in stores anymore... I'm not a country music fan at all, but then again, I don't think that Michelle Shocked's music can be contained entirely in that category - this is a CD that caters to just about all tastes, ranging from country/folk/bluegrass to blues to punk/rock... and beyond."Short, Sharp, Shocked" has more raw emotion and less pretense than any other album I can think of. Shocked's lyrical and musical simplicity allows her to convey her messages and tell her tales with an open honesty (complete with all the ironies of life) so seldom found in popular music anywhere."