Ain't My Lookout

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Ain't My Lookout
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1996
Recorded1996, Easley McCain Recording, Memphis, Tennessee
GenreIndie Rock
Length47:52 (CD)
LabelSub Pop Records SPCD 337
Shangri-La Records Shangri-La 017
ProducerThe Grifters, Davis McCain & Doug Easley
Grifters chronology
The Eureka E.P.
(1995)
Ain't My Lookout
(1996)
Full Blown Possession
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau2/3 stars
(Honorable Mention)[2]

Ain't My Lookout is the fourth full-length album by Memphis indie rock band The Grifters, and their first for Sub Pop Records. While Sub Pop released the Compact Disc, the Grifters remained true to their old home, Shangri-La Records, which was able to receive the licensing for the vinyl release. The vinyl LP release is now out of print.

Critical reception[edit]

The album received generally favorable reviews.The album was given a 6/10 by Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic, describing it as their 'tightest and cleanest' record to date. While stating that despite the higher production value, the band still stay committed to their lo-fi sound and refrain from selling out.[3] Christgau also describes the effort as 'Southern-fried hipsters uproot some pavement.' The album received a 2-star honorable mention, describing it as a 'likable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well enjoy.'[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Covered With Flies" – 2:40 (vocals Shouse)
  2. "Parting Shot" – 2:46 (vocals Taylor)
  3. "Mysterious Friends" – 4:04 (vocals Shouse)
  4. "Boho/Alt" – 3:56 (vocals Shouse)
  5. "Pretty Notes" – 3:12 (vocals Taylor)
  6. "Day Shift" – 3:16 (vocals Taylor)
  7. "Last Man Alive" – 2:34 (vocals Shouse)
  8. "My Apology" – 3:06 (vocals Shouse)
  9. "The Straight Time" – 4:19 (vocals Shouse)
  10. "Return to Cinder" – 4:47 (vocals Taylor)
  11. "Give Yourself to Me" – 3:25 (vocals Taylor)
  12. "Fixed in The Sky" – 3:50
  13. "Radio City Suicide" – 5:48 (vocals Shouse)

Album credits[edit]

Grifters[edit]

  • Stanley Gallimore
  • Tripp Lamkins
  • Dave Shouse
  • Scott Taylor

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Joan Wasser (Dambuilders) – Violin on Fixed In The Sky & Radio City
  • Michael Graber (Professor Elixir's Southern Troubadours) – Mandolin on Pretty Notes
  • Paulette Regan (Professor Elixir's Southern Troubadours) – Vocals on Pretty Notes
  • Davis McCain – Guitar on Last Man Alive

Additional credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ain't My Lookout at AllMusic
  2. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/xg/bk-cg90/grades-90s.php
  3. ^ "Ain't My Lookout". AllMusic.
  4. ^ "The Grifters". Robert Christgau.

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