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… 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… 2009-04-14 Jill Sobule Pop
Music Review

California Years (2009)

California Girl: Jill Sobule
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California Girl: Jill Sobule
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 14, 2009; Lead Performance: Jill Sobule; Genre: Pop

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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Originally posted Apr 08, 2009 Published in issue #1043 Apr 17, 2009 Order article reprints