12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few artists who began their careers in the '60s held on to their visions in the '80s; the world made a mess of people's lives. However, Randy Newman only seemed to get better. The social critic in him came alive in a decade of excess. Oversized drums, hard rock guitars, and rap music might not be what fans expected from Newman, but here he uses them all to hit his targets dead on. "It's Money That Matters" even borrows Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler to tilt the sentiment of their "Money for Nothing" to the furthest extreme. "Masterman and Baby J" tries to understand the appeal of constant bragging in rap music. "I Want You To Hurt Like I Do" transforms "We Are the World" into an anthem for selfishness. Sharp humor isn't all Newman offers; the opening trio of tunes traces back to Newman's childhood in New Orleans and Southern California. But true to form, he tires of autobiography and settles into songs that study patriotism ("Red Bandana," "Follow the Flag") and right-wing politics ("Roll with the Punches").

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few artists who began their careers in the '60s held on to their visions in the '80s; the world made a mess of people's lives. However, Randy Newman only seemed to get better. The social critic in him came alive in a decade of excess. Oversized drums, hard rock guitars, and rap music might not be what fans expected from Newman, but here he uses them all to hit his targets dead on. "It's Money That Matters" even borrows Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler to tilt the sentiment of their "Money for Nothing" to the furthest extreme. "Masterman and Baby J" tries to understand the appeal of constant bragging in rap music. "I Want You To Hurt Like I Do" transforms "We Are the World" into an anthem for selfishness. Sharp humor isn't all Newman offers; the opening trio of tunes traces back to Newman's childhood in New Orleans and Southern California. But true to form, he tires of autobiography and settles into songs that study patriotism ("Red Bandana," "Follow the Flag") and right-wing politics ("Roll with the Punches").

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Lillibetz1 ,

Great!

I remember dancing to this "tape" in my dining room when I was little! I find that I still know all the words and enjoy it even more today!

Bubulous ,

C'mon this is one of his best efforts

Now, many may not be Randy Newman fans but this is a great album of songwriting! Somewhat autobiographical but all of the tunes tell great sotroes and the tunes are memorable themselves. If you are a randy Newman fan before he became so full involved with Hollywood, you ahve to listen to this album. the songs are infectious and you can listen to them over and over. From Dixie Flyer to Red Bandana to Its Money That Matters, a great collection that gets you to the heart of this tunesmith.

kelmuse ,

Land of Dreams

This CD took over my life for a long while. Newman's grasp of the persistant dark ironies of life are skillfully put foreword here. As always, one needs to listen to the lyrics long and hard to get all the subtle meaning. His relationships with his parents are lit up in the first few songs, good and bad. The rest seems to be about his journey foreword, full of social commentary, concluding in the scary last song 'I just want you to hurt like I do" It starts almost like a threat from a bitter man but winds as an outline of the human experience, 'feel my pain'. I'm in awe of Newman's abilties to speak to the inner person with humor and insight. Buy it!

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