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Bad Love [CD]

Randy Newman Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (14 Jun 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00000J7R4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. My Country (Album Version) 5:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Shame (Album Version) 4:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I'm Dead (But I Don't Know It) (Album Version) 3:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Every Time It Rains (Album Version) 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Great Nations Of Europe (Album Version) 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The One You Love (Album Version) 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The World Isn't Fair (Album Version) 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Big Hat, No Cattle (Album Version) 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Better Off Dead (LP Version) 4:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Miss You (Album Version) 3:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Going Home (Album Version) 2:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Want Everyone To Like Me (Album Version) 2:590.79  Buy MP3 

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Three songs into Bad Love, Randy Newman lobs a smart bomb into the bunker of classic rock, impersonating a boomer-aged rocker just going through the motions, "Each record that [he's] making ... like a record that [he's] made--just not as good." Giving the punch line added snap is the happy irony of Newman's own music at midlife, which proves as perceptive, funny, and, yes, moving as any he's recorded. Comparisons to past triumphs are inevitable here, and mostly favourable, starting with the mock piety of "My Country", an anthem to America's virtual family life entranced by television, "having other people's voices fill our minds." Elsewhere, he grins through a new geopolitical patter song ("The Great Nations of Europe"), undertakes his own dialectic on materialism with the ghost of Karl Marx ("The World Isn't Fair"), and, in the album's mordant zenith, conjures the sputtering jealousy and lust of an elderly New Orleans burgher smitten by a sweet young thing. That song, "Shame", embellishes a piano blues that might have fit snugly on 12 Songs, with choral and instrumental flourishes that are apt and hilarious--mocking female singers repeat the title in frank emulation of Sylvia Robinson's venerable disco hit, while elsewhere Newman's arrangements suggest Carl Stalling's vivid Looney Tunes scores. --Sam Sutherland

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still On Form 27 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Newman's albums come along infrequently and are always anxiously awaited by those of us who love his special brand of music. One day perhaps he will disappoint us, but not here. Age has not smoothed any of the edges from his talent and a string of successful film scores have not depleted his musical imagination.
This album is nigh on perfect.
'This Is My Country' which opens the album is an incisive and strangely moving picture of family life based around a tv set. It is a classic. Other highlights are the interplay of lead voice and backing vocals in 'Shame' (sung by one of Newman's most loathsome characters), the beautiful melody of 'Every Time It Rains' (ripe for covering),the bite of 'The World Isn't Fair' and 'Great Nations of Europe' which display a more political dimension to the satire ( can I hear a Gilbert and Sullivan influence on these numbers?). If there is nothing as strong as, say 'Sail Away' here,it is as good an album as Newman has made since 'Good Old Boys' at least.
Perhaps it is too late for Newman to win even a fraction of the audience he deserves, but for those willing to listen and lucky enough to stumble across this album they will find a 12 step lesson in classic songwriting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another stunning album 24 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
I can't praise this album high enough. Randy Newman returns with another brilliant recording. As an example of song-writing and performing skills this will take some beating.

There are tear jerkers like 'Every Time It Rains' ironic songs like 'The World Isn't Fair' all arranged and performed with Newmans distinctive southern drawl and under-rated Piano playing. This album also has a band and occasionally orchestral arrangements.

For me this is up there with his best work, perhaps not quite as good as Sail Away, but its very close. These days Randy Newman doesn't produce that many albums, and performs even less frequently, so get this album to remind yourself just how good he really is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad love, great album 2 Feb 2008
By wiz
Format:Audio CD
One of the most universally admired and critically acclaimed, multi-oscar-winning song-writers, this old-timer still has one hell of a lot to say. Randy Newman is one of those guys who writes songs straight from his cynical, sardonic, soleful heart with more than a hint of black-comedy. Laden with pathos and humour in equal measure, this album sounds like it was written by a 60 year-old with more than a life-time's worth of broken hearts and hate-mail, but lucky for us, he likes to sing about it.
Picking highlights from this excellent album is hard - the hillarious "Shame" and "I'm Dead But I Don't Know It"(about an ageing, out of date, singer-song writer who just won't shut up...) or the beautiful "Every Time It Rains" (possibly the sweetest lost-love song ever recorded -written and sung as only Newman knows how... ) and "I Miss You" (a candid account of a love affair that never happened... "It's a little bit late, twenty years or so" )...
When you're taking time out from listening to whatever you normally listen to, listen to a superbly crafted, subtle, album, with real songs, written with a life-time's real experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's still the man! 13 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this CD with some trepidation as I loved his earlier stuff and didn't want to regret buying it later on.
I needn't have worried as he has certainly hit the spot once more with me with his cynical/comical view on life and love.
If you like Randy Newman you'll love this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait 28 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's been over ten years since Randy Newman released his last studio album. But I've got to say that it has been well worth the wait, 'Bad Love' is a fantastic piece of work that deserves to be in your collection. The songs are an eclectic mix; some are funny, some are sad but all are clever and sung in Randy's distinctive voice. Buy this album and you won't be disappointed.
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