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In a career of delightfully subversive albums, Trouble In Paradise just might be the most insidious. Musically it has all the ingredients to sit comfortably alongside hit songs by Paul Simon, Bob Seger and Rickie Lee Jones, who provide guest vocals. “Mikey’s” even makes a bid for acceptance within the trendy new-wave scene. And yet the sound is just a set-up for a devastating punchline. Trouble In Paradise is about the persistence of oblivious happiness in the face of real world misery. This theme is reiterated throughout the album, particularly on the civic anthems like “Miami” and “I Love L.A.” Amazingly, many fans didn’t pick up on Newman’s blatant sarcasm. “I Love L.A.” is now used as a cheering anthem at Dodger and Laker games, beloved by locals who don’t realize the song isn’t about how great the city is. Though it is the pinnacle of Newman’s black humor, Trouble In Paradise also contains some strikingly revealing moments, including “Take Me Back” and “Real Emotional Girl.” The despair in “Same Girl” is so deep and so subtle that when it hits you, it hits like a flood.

Customer Reviews

I Love L.A.

I purchased this song because before the beginning of each Dodger game they play this song full blast and show all of L.A. on the Jumbotron and it is so cool because 50,000 people are singing this song together and if you never felt alive, than go to a Dodger game and sing this song right before game time 'I Love L.A.". . . ."We love it!" Lolly Hellman

Blatant sarcasm but also genuine affection.

Despite the statements in the editorial review to the contrary, the sarcasm is not lost on those who have embraced it as their city's unofficial anthem. L.A. has been disparaged as a city without any important value for generations. Its residents are vain and superficial and the best things the city has going for it are the beaches and the weather. Despite its faults though, people embrace L.A. and love it for what it is. It is the nuance of satire mixed with appreciation that make this a great song and a great anthem for Los Angeles.

One of my favs

This reminds me about all the Dodgers games. One of my favs.


Born: November 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An anomaly among early-'70s singer/songwriters, Randy Newman may have been slightly influenced by Bob Dylan, but his music owed more to New Orleans R&B and traditional pop than folk. Newman developed an idiosyncratic style that alternated between sweeping, cinematic pop and rolling R&B, which were tied together by his nasty sense of humor. Where his peers concentrated on confessional songwriting, Newman drew characters, creating a world filled with misfits, outcasts, charlatans, and con men. Though...
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