The Past Didn't Go Anywhere 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… The Past Didn't Go Anywhere 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… Ani DiFranco Utah Phillips Folk Rock
Music Review

Music Review: 'The Past Didn't Go Anywhere' (1996)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performances: Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips; Genres: Folk, Rock

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

Originally posted Nov 08, 1996 Published in issue #352 Nov 08, 1996 Order article reprints
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