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Pirates found Rickie Lee Jones following up her 1979 GRAMMY®-winning debut by building on her love of jazz, R&B, and pop and her uncanny ability to spin literate little yarns inside songs. Her sweeping metaphors here use wild-eyed character sketches to show yearnings of lost love, often between flawed dreamers. They're sometimes based loosely around Jones’ own breakup with Tom Waits, particularly on the beautiful “We Belong Together.” You can see rain-speckled night sidewalks reflecting neon bar signs or be-bop journeymen junkies searching for “Stax and Sun.” But what casts the longest shadow is "Skeletons," a (true) story about cops who mistakenly shoot a man escorting his pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth; Jones' graceful croon and airy piano accompaniment betray a sadness as profound as any you’ll likely ever hear in a song. Jones’s voice often bears a childlike whimsy, though she’s very much her own temple of beat cool. Wrapped in Russ Titelman and Lenny Waronker’s perfectly spacious and cinematic production, rich with strings and horns, this album’s a masterpiece.

Customer Reviews


So, initially I bought this album becaue I liked the cover photo. I know, sounds very strange. Really didn't care too much for Rickie's music. And then I listened.
I bought everything I could.
This still has to be one of my favorites albums of all time. Rickie Lee Jones is a musical and lyrical genius. Many have tried to compare her to others, but they fail miserably.
She is simply her own.


This album is a revelation. RLJ's sophomore effort is quite simply a masterpiece--dancing gracefully on the edges that separate Pop, Jazz, and Blues. Just lovely.

Fondest Memories

i remember buying this album in the very icy cold winter of 1981-82. The songs kept me warm and alive all winter long. "Pirates" is still one of my favorite songs.


Born: November 8, 1954 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Pop

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

From her 1979 debut onward, Rickie Lee Jones has proved to be an original, mixing beatnik-based poetic sensibilities with R&B, jazz, folk, and pop. Most of her commercial success came at the outset of her career, but a restless creative spirit -- combined with a stubborn refusal to fit comfortably into any one musical niche -- sealed her ultimate destiny as that of a highly regarded cult heroine. Jones was born on November 8, 1954, in Chicago, but the volatile relationship between her mother and...
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