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The Devil You Know
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2013
Please ignore some of the other reviews here, which seem to be by people who don't really like RLJ anyway. The connotation that these are somehow "bad performances" is simply wrong. While this might not be the number one place to start your RLJ collection (Evening Of My Best Day is my personal favourite), these stripped bare versions of classic songs performed by RLJ in all her ragged glory, is a fascinating and intimate listen from an artist who is never afraid to do exactly what she wants in the way she wants. Cover version have always been a part of her aesthetic, and this collection adds a valuable chapter. The understated accompaniments are both subtle and spot on to my ear. Think late Billie Holliday transposed to pop classics - yes, it really is that good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2013
This is a reworking of classic pop songs in the ultra relaxed Rickie Lee style. In no way a strident record and advise tweaking up the volume to take full advantage. For some the pace may be too slow but this gave her the room to extemporise on these classic songs. the perfect chill-sounds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2013
This is a brillaint cd from one of music greatest musicians. As always with Rickie, it sounds different every time you listen to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2013
A good solid album from Rickie. I purchased this for my wife who absolutely loves it. MP3 quality is excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2013
wow!! RLJ exceeds all other covers with this masterpiece. Keep listening as they grow and grow on you,like a Pomerel.
Reason to Believe is stunning. saw her in concert in Manchester last year. Quite a magical show, very intimate.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Her early career highlights notwithstanding Rickie Lee Jones' last studio
album, the consummately restrained 'Balm In Gilead' (2009) was, for me, one
of her finest contributions to the listening world. With her sixth decade
snapping hard at her heels this peerless performer has chosen to kick back
with an album of covers and it's a real treat to hear that inimitable voice
wrap itself around this well-chosen collection of iconic songs. There are
ten numbers in the set, including one ('Masterpiece') written for the project
by her collaborator Ben Harper. Ms Lee Jones' larynx remains in remarkable
shape; its fractured vulnerability was always one of her defining strengths
and it's a real joy to hear her idiosyncratic renditions of other songwriter's
work as a counterpoint to her own. The arrangements are weather-worn and
stripped down to the barest bones, the better to reveal their true character.

Take her rendition of The Rolling Stones' 'Sympathy For The Devil' : one can
almost imagine Lucifer himself curled up in a hard-backed chair by his hearth
reflecting with gloating pride on his many misdeeds! Her gravely delivery gives
the song a sense of raw immediacy which makes the hair bristle on your skin.
Her take on The Band's 'The Weight', on the other hand, captures this classic
composition's warm inner light. A gloriously simple but affecting performance.
Tim Hardin's 'Reason To Believe', too, gets a wonderfully bitter-sweet and
yearning interpretation, carried along by a mournful fiddle and acoustic guitar.
An old warhorse like 'St James Infirmary' comes up as fresh as a daisy and final
track, Donovan's timeless 'Catch The Wind', brings the album to a sublime close.

With 'The Devil You Know' Ms Lee Jones proves beyond doubt that she's still at
the top of her game. A seasoned little masterpiece to rank with her very best.

Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
Heard it live in paradiso cd just as good.
Would recommend it
Voice still great
Timed nice and slow , jazzy
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on 25 July 2013
I loved this album but I am an avid fan. I can imagine people who don't get the amazing quality of her voice would find this puzzling as it is very stripped bare. I really liked the Ben Harper influence.If you are a Rickyfan this is an interesting album - well worth spending some time getting to know it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2012
Tom Jones has done it, Bobby Womack has done it, Robert Plant has done it several times. Now Rickie has done it. Wow, what a surprise. I'm a life-long fan but actually disliked some of her mid-albums (Pop, Pop!). This is brilliant. And like those prolific old troopers such as Jones and Plant, she has turned her back on her previous sound (hopefully, only for this one album) and produced something stripped back, heart-melting and different, produced (thanks Mr Harper) in a broom cupboard. Good for her. Some beautiful renditions sounding somewhere between tortured and playful (how do you do that?) but particularly Reason To Believe and Seems Like A Long Time. Interesting that those tracks were both so brilliantly covered by Rod Stewart all those many years ago. And what's he doing now? C'mon Mr Stewart, you've still got a great voice, take a lesson from Jones, Womack, Plant & Rickie Lee!!!!!!!
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2012
This is my first review. I have been moved to write it as the CD actually shocked me with how bad it was. What seems more culpable is that there must have been others (Ben Harper most prominently) who realised how truly dreadful this CD was and yet still released it on an unsuspecting public. Hard to put into words (although I realise that is the nature of a review!) how bad some of the versions of old favourites actually are. I'm fond of observing that great songs are like diamonds, almost unbreakable, and I still believe that to be true, but here several diamonds are dragged through the mud. The songs can be given a quick rinse under a tap and be as good as new, I'm not so sure about Rickie Lee Jones' reputation after releasing such a stinker.
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