Although Maggie Estep's poetry, prose and songs lose some power when they are not seen live, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a more effective album than her debut, No More Mister Nice Girl. Estep sounds more comfortable in the studio than before, and the musical backdrops are a little sharper. Still, no one listens to Estep for music -- they want to hear her words, and they are stellar, capturing her acidic wit at its biting best.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine