Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home

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Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home
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Studio album by Geraldine Fibbers
Released July 18, 1995
Genre Alternative country
Length 56:58
Label Virgin
Producer Steve Fisk
Geraldine Fibbers chronology
Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home
(1995)
What Part of Get Thee Gone Don't You Understand?
(1997)What Part of Get Thee Gone Don't You Understand?1997
Singles from Geraldine Fibbers
  1. "Dragon Lady"
    Released: June 12, 1995

Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home is the debut studio album by American alternative country band the Geraldine Fibbers. It was released on July 18, 1995 on Virgin Records. "Dragon Lady" was released as a promotional music video and single in June of 1995.[1]

Lyrics[edit]

The album's lyrics, written by the band's frontwoman Carla Bozulich, focus on somber topics including, but not limited to, abusive relationships and prostitution.[2] The album's songs also discuss drug use at length, as well as the concept of loss of identity.[1]

Music[edit]

Bozulich, in addition to writing the band's songs, also served as the their lead vocalist. On this album, her voice was described by the Los Angeles Times as "raw, raspy, [and] Joplin-tinged."[1] CMJ noted that the album's restrained, roots-rock instrumentation is virtually the polar opposite of the music Bozulich made in her previous band, Ethyl Meatplow.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[6]
Spin9/10[7]

Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home received mixed to positive reviews upon its release, with some critics comparing the band to X due to their shared country-music-influenced sounds.[8][9] No Depression critic Neil Weiss called it "a tough, confusing record, both thematically and musically", rooted "in the street poetics of the Hollywood underground by way of some West Virginian backwoods on a planet five times more sinister than our own."[10]

Spin magazine named Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home to their best albums of 1995 list.[11]

More recently, other musicians have written very favorably of the album; for instance, Lydia Lunch named it one of her 13 favorite albums in 2013.[12] A 2009 article in Magnet called the album a "lost classic", and said that on the album, "the Fibbers' warped alt-country twang haunted the City of Angels like ghosts of California country’s past, full of grinding violin and poisoned tales of junkies, madness and lost innocence."[13] Nels Cline, who joined the Geraldine Fibbers for the recording of their second album, Butch, called Lost "a stone classic" in an interview with the Vancouver Sun in 2014.[14] Also in 2014, Spin ranked the album as the 9th best album of 1995, and, like previous reviews of the album, compared its sound to that of X.[15] In 2017, Al Shipley described the album as a "country feedback masterpiece", adding that it was his "...favorite rock album of the 90's."[16]

2017 Vinyl Reissue[edit]

Jealous Butcher reissued the album May 5, 2017. Steve Fisk returned to mix the album for its first vinyl release. The initial 1,000 copies will be released on clear vinyl. The new pressing and future vinyl pressings include four bonus tracks: "Bitter Honey" and "234" from the original sessions, a previously unreleased version of their cover of Can's "Yoo Doo Right" predating the version on the album Butch and featuring both Daniel Keenan and Nels Cline on guitars, and a new song "Thank You For Giving Me Life" with Bozulich, Cline, Tutton, Fitzgerald and Moss as the lineup.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Lilybelle"Carla Bozulich, Dave Franklin, Daniel Keenan, Irving Taylor4:54
2."The Small Song"Bozulich3:30
3."Marmalade"Bozulich, Keenan5:09
4."Dragon Lady"Bozulich, Fitzgerald, Keenan, William Tutton4:50
5."A Song About Walls"Bozulich, Keenan4:20
6."House Is Falling"Bozulich, Keenan4:23
7."Outside of Town"Bozulich4:58
8."The French Song"Bozulich, Fitzgerald, Tutton6:04
9."Dusted"Bozulich, Fitzgerald2:40
10."Richard"Bozulich, Fitzgerald5:24
11."Blast Off Baby"Bozulich4:09
12."Get Thee Gone"Bozulich6:37

Personnel[edit]

The Geraldine Fibbers
  • Carla Bozulich – guitar, vocals
  • Kevin Fitzgerald – banjo, drums
  • Jessy Greene – viola, violin
  • Daniel Keenan – guitar
  • William Tutton – bass
Additional personnel
  • Mark Brooks – art direction
  • Steve Fisk – mixing, piano, production
  • Dave Franklin – composition
  • John Goodmanson – engineering, mixing
  • Rob Groome – engineering
  • Sam Hoffstead – engineering
  • Jean Krikorian – design
  • Len Peltier – art direction
  • Eddy Schreyer – mastering
  • Irving Taylor – composition

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cromelin, Richard (July 16, 1995). "This Fibber Will Tell You No Lies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ Tudor, Alexander (June 29, 2009). "Alt. Country Week: An Introduction". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Lanham, Tom (October 1995). "The Geraldine Fibbers: Absolute Scorch and Twang". CMJ. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gallucci, Michael. "Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home – The Geraldine Fibbers". AllMusic. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "The Geraldine Fibbers: Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Flaherty, Mike (July 28, 1995). "Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Powers, Ann (September 1995). "Geraldine Fibbers: Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home". Spin. 11 (6): 109–10. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  8. ^ Hilburn, Robert (August 20, 1995). "Twisted Sisters Share Bill With Southern-Fried Loons". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2003). The Great Indie Discography. Canongate Books. 
  10. ^ Weiss, Neal (August 31, 1995). "Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home Review". No Depression. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Best Albums of 1995, Spin Magazine
  12. ^ Udo, Tommy (October 1, 2013). "Unearthly Delights: Lydia Lunch's Favourite Albums". The Quietus. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Geraldine Fibbers' "Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home"". Magnet. April 13, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  14. ^ Conner, Shawn (June 25, 2014). "Q&A: Guitarist Nels Cline talks music, fans and collaborations". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ Spin staff (February 26, 2014). "Geraldine Fibbers, Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home (Virgin)". Spin. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ Shipley, Al (2017-06-01). "The Geraldine Fibbers' Debut Was a Country Feedback Masterpiece". Noisey. Retrieved 2018-06-16.