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Released: Oct. 27, 1992

Rating: 4.385 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: contemporary folk rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Polaroids
  2. Tennessee
  3. Tenderness on the Block
  4. Round of Blues
  5. Monopoly
  6. Onion in the Sky
  7. Climb on a Back That’s Strong
  8. Set the Prairie on Fire
  9. Object of My Affection
  10. Kill the Messenger
  11. I Don’t Know Why

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 142
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Round of Blues (12/5/92) #44 AC, #73 UK, #25 MR
  • I Don’t Know Why (2/20/93) #16 AC, #52 UK

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Fat City
Shawn Colvin
“ For her second album, Shawn Colvin took a temporary break from longtime collaborator and producer John Leventhal, teaming up instead with Larry Klein. And while the strongest songs – Tennessee, Climb on a Back That’s Strong, and Object of My Desire – are Colvin/Leventhal collaborations, credit should be given to Klein, who incorporated a glossy, more dynamic production and top-notch session players for a stronger and more accessible album.” CW

“In addition to turning in a strong batch of songs, Colvin shows much more diversity, tackling everything from rootsy rockers to more sensitive folk ballads with equally passionate delivery. I Don’t Know Why (the first song she wrote) and Round of Blues both found considerable success in adult contemporary radio formats, adding to her growing fan base.” CW

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previous album: Steady On (1989)

Last updated January 12, 2010.