Chuck Eddy
November 08, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Past Didn't Go Anywhere

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ani DiFranco, Utah Phillips
Producers
Righteous Babe
genre
Rock, Folk

We gave it an B

A fast talker fond of long words and self-deprecating jabs (”Folk music is boring”), on The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere, 61-year-old anarchist troubadour Utah Phillips rambles about being a dad, war deserter, and political candidate. Both his voice and the cut-and-spliced hip-hop production by folk grrrl Ani DiFranco are stiffer than they need to be, but Phillips’ didactic monologues possess a sarcastic absurdity that fans of Woody Guthrie and Beck should identify with. B

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