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I Need a Wife
  • Artist: Nancy McCurry
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 822809000315
  • Item #: CDBY00315
  • Genre: Folk
  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • This product is a special order
  • Rank: 1000000000
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I Need a Wife on CD

'I Need a Wife' is sung from the point of view of a woman who wants the kind of undemanding, eager-to-please, housebound genie that generations of men took for granted as their entitlement. It's a clever twist that humorously points up the conundrum faced by working women in this day and age of upended social roles: 'I just want things done right/A husband can't meet my needs/I need a wife!' The Brazilian remake of the song - appended as a 'bonus track' at album's end - features Sandy Blocker's percussion armada and takes McCurry's amusing conceit one surreal step further. On a more sobering note, 'She Fell Hard' details a controlling relationship turned deadly. First she fell for the guy and then she was felled by a bullet from his gun after thinking she'd escaped his clutches. You hear of such jealousy-fueled stalker homicides happening all too often, but McCurry's somber musical setting animates the tragedy in a way that no newspaper account can match. McCurry's heroines are an interesting lot. Inspired by Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, 'Busting Up a Chiffarobe' describes her feisty narrator's determination to escape the rut into which previous generations were trapped: 'Won't get hitched or have a kid/Ten young'uns like mama did/Marry some boy from down the road/That sounds like a heavy load.' And so she takes figurative revenge on her 'chiffarobe': a chest of drawers containing the clothes she's no longer willing to wear. 'I'll take a hammer to that thing/Swing it hard, let freedom ring!' she sings in this exhilarating anthem to breaking free. McCurry's songs are so strong that I could imagine the Dixie Chicks or one of Nashville's hipper femme singers having a go at several of them. The aforementioned 'She Fell Hard' is a tailor-made and unfortunately topical commentary on domestic violence. 'Beehives and Knives' - a gut-busting romp about losing a guy to the charms of the beehive-haired, thick-armed, polyester-attired lady who chops pork at the local barbeque joint - offers a solid shot of comic relief. I'm also partial to 'Cool in the Shade,' whose jazzy chords and dusky, Astrud Gilberto-style vocals, cast an enchanting spell. All in all, I Need a Wife is a wholly entertaining left-field surprise from 'Miss Nancy' McCurry, and I can only hope there's more where this came from. --Parke Puterbaugh Mr. Puterbaugh is a contributing writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, teacher and music historian.