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Jo Carol Pierce

  • Bad Girls Upset by the Truth [Monkey Hill, 1995] A-

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Bad Girls Upset by the Truth [Monkey Hill, 1995]
A song cycle about a Lubbock girl who seeks Jesus on the two-lane black-top of carnal knowledge and ultimately enjoys the just desert of giving birth to Her, this is clearly the product of an abusive childhood. Like, she asks her mama what women do with all those extra ova they lay and what is she told? "Color 'em, decorate 'em, and hide 'em in the yard." And what's her dad's idea of living-room conversation? "I am so horny I'd fuck a rockpile if I thought there was a snake in it." Fortunately, Jo Carol overcompensates via a verbal hypertrophy she feels compelled to display over a 78-minute album featuring some dozen songs, with equal time for explanations. And she's aided handsomely by a bunch of musicians who are there for her every time she commits suicide. A-