9 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fifty years into his career and Randy Newman’s songwriting is as sharp as ever. On his first album since 2008’s Harps and Angels, he balances sarcasm and sentiment, gorgeous orchestrations and his own deadpan vocal delivery. Newman takes us through debates between science and religion (the gospel-tinged “The Great Debate”), portraits of John F. Kennedy (“Brothers”) and wayward surfers (“On the Beach”), and the kind of bittersweet vignettes of American life that he does in ways few other writers can (the heartbreaking lullaby “Wandering Boy”).

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Fifty years into his career and Randy Newman’s songwriting is as sharp as ever. On his first album since 2008’s Harps and Angels, he balances sarcasm and sentiment, gorgeous orchestrations and his own deadpan vocal delivery. Newman takes us through debates between science and religion (the gospel-tinged “The Great Debate”), portraits of John F. Kennedy (“Brothers”) and wayward surfers (“On the Beach”), and the kind of bittersweet vignettes of American life that he does in ways few other writers can (the heartbreaking lullaby “Wandering Boy”).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
41 Ratings
41 Ratings
Beruit ,

Beautiful satire on another level

Mr. Newman has always created worlds in his albums that comment on interesting things. He's taken it to another level in this album. The charm of Good Old Boy's, the biting satire of Trouble in Paradise, and the usual beautiful orchestration that plays over every Newman album I've ever heard. This man is a true creative mind in action; listen and learn.

Thesuit45 ,

He did it again

Randy has been my favorite iconoclast for over 40 years. His new album is brilliant, biting, funny, touching and entertaining in equal measures. Bravo!

znicola ,

Thank you Mr. Newman

Thank you, we've needed you, and you delivered.

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