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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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By J. Skade VINE VOICE on 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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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2007
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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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By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2000
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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By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2000
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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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By A Customer on 7 Dec. 1999
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It's been a long time coming -but that's given us time to savour the old stuff. Now here's the new stuff, and Randy Newman proves that age doesn't necessarily dampen a cynical world view. Irony is once more to the fore on this album: who else who has had a 30 year career would even dare sing a song about a rock singer who's had a 30 year career and is no longer relevant but doesn't realise it? There's the vitriolic attack on the ladyfriend who doesn't reciprocate that is Shame, and the disbelief that those same (younger) women would find "Froggish" men like Newman attractive in World Isn't Fair. Better Off Dead puts its irony in the overblown orchestral production, and Everytime It Rains would be destined for numerous jazzy cover versions, if the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday were still with us.
If it's absolutely necessary to wait ten years between albums to get something this great, I'm already looking forward to the next release in 2009.
Highly recommended.
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Randy has produced a masterwork, which again offers his acidic view of the world. The TV obsessed family, rock stars passed their sell-by date, the imperialist nations of Europe and his ex-wife are the subjects covered this time. The production is modern which keeps the music relevant. It has been a long time coming but its worth the wait. Lets hope Randy can find the time between film soundtrack work to produce another soon. Buy it now. Lets get Randy into Amazon's top 250!
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Having only really known about Randy Newman's work for just under a year, I had been putting off buying this album, as most places I saw it, it cost nearly twice as much as the rest. I wish I'd bought it sooner - it's a wonderful album. Hilarious and biting all at once, Randy once again hits the mark with his comic yet heartbreaking songs. Well worth the wait. Love it.
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