Fat City (album)

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Fat City
Studio album by Shawn Colvin
Released October 27, 1992
Length 55:34
Label Columbia
Producer Shawn Colvin, Larry Klein, David Kahne, John Leventhal
Shawn Colvin chronology
Steady On
Fat City
Cover Girl
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Fat City, Shawn Colvin's second full length album, was released in 1992 on Columbia Records.

The album reached 142 on the Billboard 200 and reached #2 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers.[4] "Round of Blues" and "I Don't Know Why" made Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks and Adult Contemporary single charts, respectively.[5] "Tenderness on the Block" is a cover version of a song released on Warren Zevon's 1978 album Excitable Boy. Opening track "Polaroids" was performed live by Colvin on the series finale of HBO's The Larry Sanders Show in 1998, and provided the title of her "greatest hits" album, which was released in 2004.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Polaroids" (Shawn Colvin) - 5:53
  2. "Tennessee" (Colvin, John Leventhal) - 4:21
  3. "Tenderness on the Block" (Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon) - 5:05
  4. "Round of Blues" (Colvin, Larry Klein) - 4:47
  5. "Monopoly" (Colvin) - 4:25
  6. "Orion in the Sky" (Colvin, Larry Klein) - 6:38
  7. "Climb On (A Back That's Strong)" (Colvin, John Leventhal) - 4:16
  8. "Set the Prairie on Fire" (Elly Brown, Colvin) - 7:01
  9. "Object of My Affection" (Colvin, John Leventhal) - 3:53
  10. "Kill the Messenger" (Colvin) - 4:36
  11. "I Don't Know Why" (Colvin) - 4:37



In an interview with Performing Songwriter magazine, Colvin described how she co-wrote songs for Fat City:[6]

The way that I generally co-write is that someone else writes the music or part of the music. Like on "Round of Blues" I wrote the whole song but Larry Klein said that it needed a bridge. So he wrote the bridge and I wrote the words to it. But Elly and I really shared every part of ["Set the Prairie on Fire"] equally. She wrote some of the words, I wrote some of the words, she wrote some of the music, I wrote some of the music.