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California Years Jill Sobule famously raised 75K from her online fan base to pay for the recording of this album, and the pledge drive pays off: Like its namesake state...California YearsPop Jill Sobule famously raised 75K from her online fan base to pay for the recording of this album, and the pledge drive pays off: Like its namesake state...2009-04-14

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B+

California Years

Genre: Pop; Lead Performer: Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule famously raised 75K from her online fan base to pay for the recording of this album, and the pledge drive pays off: Like its namesake state, California Years is mostly golden. Pop’s original girl-kisser has a lonesome diarist’s ear for observational, self-conversational lyricism, whether she’s drunk-Googling her exes (both boys and girls) on ”Wendell Lee” or fantasizing about running off and growing old with the waitstaff on ”Sweetheart.” And just when you suspect Sobule might be overreliant on anecdotal drollery, she goes for the emotional jugular, almost literally, on ”Bloody Valentine.” B+

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