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Lesbian Favorites: Women Like Us


18 ‘themed’ tracks. Includes Sobule’s I KISSED A GIRL. Tiny hole in barcode art.No less a suspect pop-culture authority than Howard Stern has repeatedly proclaimed that “everyone loves lesbians!” But what do lesbians love? Rhino Records boldly claims to know the musical answer to that question on this richly eclectic collection of female artists compiled for a lesbian audience. And if that’s a bold–if readily transparent–marketing move, it shouldn’t distract one from the charms of this cross-genre compilation. The songs here run the gamut from acoustic angst (Ani DiFranco) to pop (Wendy and Lisa, Jill Sobule), MOR (Taylor Dayne), folk (Two Nice Girls), and dance (Fem 2 Fem). k.d. lang contributes “Just Keep Me Moving,” while cult fave Phranc gives Herman’s Hermits hoary “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” a new slant. The emotions range from intense eroticism (particularly Janis Ian’s sultry “Ride Me Like a Wave”) to the steely pragmatism of Sandra Bernhard’s remake of Paul Simon’s “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover.” -Jerry McCulley

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  1. 90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Not just for women., August 17, 1999
    By 
    Gabe Scalone (Van Nuys, CA USA) –

    This review is from: Lesbian Favorites: Women Like Us (Audio CD)

    I’m a straight guy. Matter of fact, I look like the bouncer who wouldn’t let you into that bar in college. That having been said, let’s chuck all stereotypes, theirs no room for them in music. I know the average buyer would dismiss this title without giving it a second look. But, Lesbian Favorites earns, at least a peak. We all know and respect K.D. Lang, Taylor Dayne, and Ani DiFranco. If you’re a fan, chances are you already have these songs. But, it’s the artistes who’ve been hiding in the periphery that make this collection required listening for folk/rock fans. Case in point: Gretchen Phillips who gained notoriety with Two Nice Girls in the early nineties. You remember, she was the architect behind the alt classic “I spent my last $10.00 on birth control and beer.” What? Haven’t heard it. No problem, it’s track 18. As for Grech’s previously unissued cut “Swimming”, take my word that it would challenge the eroticism of any other song on the market. Another notable is Disappear Fear. A nifty duet from Maryland, that lives halfway between the Indigo Girls and Shawn Colvin. Others such as: Jane Siberry, Farron, Dar Williams, and Janis Ian have been making great music for a long time and deserve their day in court. If you’re a folk/rock fan then check out this groovy sample of first-rate musicians.

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  2. S. Senft "rainbowbabe"
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A nice mix of talent, February 15, 2003
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    S. Senft “rainbowbabe” (Connnecticut, USA) –
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    This review is from: Lesbian Favorites: Women Like Us (Audio CD)

    If you enjoy this type of music, you won’t be dissapointed by this album. A few well known-artists, such as k.d. lang, Ani DiFranco, and Jill Solbule appear, as well as some lesser known artists such as Gretchen Philips, and Wendy&Lisa contribute. Jill Solbule shines with the perky, gleefull “I Kissed a Girl.” Ani DiFranco adds the thoughtfull tale “In or Out” about complexities of relationships. Dar Williams has the guitar-and accordian(?) driven “As cool as I am.” Jane Siberry sings the flowy, mysterious, slow-paced yet well-driven “Temple.”
    I was a bit let down that some other artists did not appear, such as Melissa Etheridge, and M’Shell N’Degcello. However, I did enjoy the oppurtunity to hear some new voices, such as Fem 2 Fem, Betty, Phranc. Well worth checking out.

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  3. 19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A must possess possession!, August 12, 1998
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Lesbian Favorites: Women Like Us (Audio CD)

    You’re a girl. You do dishes to Belly, you do ‘the morose thing’ to Tori, you sing along to the Indigo Girls like you’re in front of a campfire. You need a record like this to live by, to function by. None of the aforementioned artists are on this record, but their ilk is. Kristen Hall’s song is great, and who can not love a female remake of 50 ways to leave your lover? I would give it five stars but the included Fem2Fem, a terrible, terrible band whose savvy male manager, song writer etc. has made homosexuality their main selling point.

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