Editors’ Notes Minus its Prine-written title track, 1999’s In Spite of Ourselves is effectively a covers album, pairing Prine with some of the best female alt-ish country singers of its time: Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Lucinda Williams, Iris DeMent. The arrangements are stripped back, the delivery sweet, casual, and felt—Prine in particular had been adjusting to a rougher voice after having had a tumor removed from his neck the year before. (He’d been shaving around it, thinking it was a blood vessel.) As suits a guy like Prine, the selections here avoid the lofty for the lived-in and down-to-earth: “(We’re Not) The Jet Set” (“…we’re the old Chevrolet set”), “Loose Talk” (“I know you love me and happy we could be/If some folks would leave us alone”), the eyebrow-raising “Let’s Invite Them Over” (“We’re not in love with each other, we’re in love with our best friends/So let’s invite them over again”). The jewel, though, is the title track, in which a couple catalogs their mutual peccadilloes with such hilarious specificity—she gets turned on by convict movies, he gets caught rifling through her underwear drawer—one figures they’ve gotta be either too stupid or just too in love to leave.

SONG
(We're Not) The Jet Set
1
2:36
 
So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)
2
2:29
 
Wedding Bells / Let's Turn Back the Years
3
3:47
 
When Two Worlds Collide
4
2:21
 
Milwaukee Here I Come
5
2:21
 
I Know One
6
2:41
 
It's a Cheating Situation
7
2:56
 
Back Street Affair
8
2:47
 
Loose Talk
9
2:44
 
Let's Invite Them Over
10
2:11
 
Til a Tear Becomes a Rose
11
2:50
 
In a Town This Size
12
3:31
 
We Could
13
2:17
 
We Must Have Been out of Our Minds
14
2:16
 
In Spite of Ourselves
15
3:33
 
Dear John (I Sent Your Saddle Home)
16
2:25