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The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard (Bonus Track Version)

Rickie Lee Jones

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Initially conceived by painter-writer Lee Cantelon as a lo-fi spoken word interpretation of “The Words,” his book of the teachings of Jesus Christ, Sermon on Exposition Boulevard became a Rickie Lee Jones project upon her improvising what’s become the opening track, “Nobody Knows My Name.” Jones was inspired to take on 13 tracks and Cantelon and collaborator, guitarist Peter Atanasoff, helped with production that was eventually completed by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith, Richard Thompson). It’s an album of raw, mixed textures, spiritually akin to the grisly sounds of latter day Tom Waits. Jones sings from the ground up, whispering, chanting, stretching her ‘morning voice’ to reach its notes, occasionally letting the high note fly. “Falling Up” is virtual pop compared to the creaking whine of ‘Lamp of the Body.” Jones carefully balances her experimentalism with the conventions of song. “Road to Emmaus” is an ambient soundscape that leads to the slow, free-flowing acoustic lament “I Was There,” recalling Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and Neil Young’s On the Beach with its late night wanderlust.

Customer Reviews

rickies a tough girl

I first saw Rickie in concert about 25 years ago. A women from the middle of the audience kept heckling her to sing Chuck es in love over and over again. Rickie stopped in mid song and called the women up to the stage. When she got to the edge of the stage Rickie smiled down at her very sweetly and kicked her in the face. I've been a fan ever since. This album is nice and raw with some fine guitar. I like it.

Really great CD. She is a real artist.

This is so poetic, creative, musically lifting. Amazing mind on Rickie. Very complicated thoughts and harmonies intertwined through beautifully melodic passages. It has that captivating quality, that makes you kind of float on her grooves. HIghly highly recommended to chill out to.. like on a long car ride...or home with your honey in front of the fire drink in hands experiencing the glowing warmth that eminates from this girl, who is so connected to something that just makes you experience really deep feelings. This is heavy and beautiful.

RLJ just keeps getting better

Rickie Lee Jones is PBS in a world of FOX-Reality. She's the real deal... a musician and artist that improves with age, rather than selling out. What a gift she is. This is some of her best work yet. Well done, Rickie.


Born: November 8, 1954 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

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

Once touted as the natural successor to Joni Mitchell, singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones proved no less idiosyncratic or mercurial; like Mitchell, Jones experienced significant commercial success at the outset of her career, but a restless creative spirit — combined with a stubborn refusal to fit comfortably into...
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