Underdog Victorious

Underdog Victorious

by Jill SobuleJill Sobule


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It's been four years between studio albums for Jill Sobule, so you'd imagine the singer-songwriter would be positively bursting with quirks, strangeness, and charm -- an expectation that's readily met on this typically endearing disc. Underdog Victorious has more than its share of breezy moments -- like the summery stoner anthem "Cinnamon Park," which borrows the central riff from Chicago's "Saturday in the Park" to good effect -- but Sobule's really in her element when she spins more intricate tales. Those that inhabit the dark side, such as the prostitute's lament "Tel Aviv," tend to be equally stark in terms of sonics. When the mood lightens, as on "Joey" -- a tribute of sorts to '60s icon Joey Heatherton -- so do Sobule's melodic instincts. That giddiness also pops up on the hidden track, "Saw a Cop," which picks up more or less where "I Kissed a Girl" left off. Sobule, who declared herself bisexual some years back, ending speculation about that latter song, delves into the topic in a more serious manner as well, decrying the "ex-gay" movement on the anthemic "Under the Disco Ball." Underdog Victorious offers plenty to chew on but packs enough sweet and creamy centers to make that a pleasant task.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2011
Label: Imports
UPC: 5038622110420
catalogNumber: 948188
Rank: 163513

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jill Sobule   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Drums,Moog Synthesizer,Omnichord,Sounds,Casio
Patrick Buchanon   Guitar
Dennis Diken   Drums
Jim Hoke   Clarinet,Flute
Brad Jones   Organ,Bass,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Electric Piano
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Neal Rosengarden   Trumpet,Classical Guitar
Chris Carmichael   Violin,Viola
Ross Rice   Piano
David Henry   Cello
Will Kimbrough   Slide Guitar
Robin Eaton   Bass,Harmonica,Background Vocals
Mickey Grimm   Percussion,Drums
Rob Burger   Piano,Casio
Bill DeMain   Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Marykate O'Neil   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chris Woods   Engineer
Jill Sobule   Composer,Sound Effects
Brad Jones   Producer
Roger Moutenot   Producer
Griffin Norman   Cover Photo
Robin Eaton   Composer,Producer
Susan McEowen   Art Direction
Bill DeMain   Composer
Robert Lamm   Composer

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