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Amy Rigby: Diary of a Mod Housewife (Koch)

Jon Young, Musician, December 1996

IN THE LINER notes to her inspired study of relationship hell, Amy Rigby describes a mod housewife as "a woman being dragged kicking and screaming into adulthood," forced to trade the extended recess of slackerdom for maturity's dead end. Formerly of the New York combos Last Roundup and the Shams, Rigby wears the guise of an uneasy thirtysomething, but her witty songs have universal import. Mostly, Diary of a Mod Housewife considers the profound quandary of what to do when romance loses its glow. Walk away? Try harder? Whatever the solution, she nails the dilemma with scary precision.

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