Bad Love (album)

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Bad Love
Studio album by Randy Newman
Released June 1, 1999
Recorded Recorded at Sunset Sound Factory & Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
Length 44:45
Label Dreamworks
Producer Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake
Randy Newman chronology
Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman
(1998)
Bad Love
(1999)
The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 1
(2003)

Bad Love is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Randy Newman, released in 1999. It was Newman's first solo album since 1988s Land of Dreams and followed an 11-year hiatus during which Newman had focused on film soundtracks, receiving several Academy Award nominations.

Background[edit]

The album finds Newman bitter and satirical - as "biting as ever, yet unafraid to tackle personal and heartfelt concerns"[1] - in stark contrast to some of his film scores. Newman tackles issues such as the state of American culture in "My Country", which chronicles suburbia's growing dependence on television, and "The World Isn’t Fair", which takes a look at the world through the eyes of Karl Marx. Another subject is aging - "Shame" takes a negative look at an "older man courting a younger woman" via the barbed lyrics and an exchange between the lead vocalist and the backing singer. "I’m Dead (But I Don't Know It)" is more self-referential in dealing with aging rock stars and commenting: "Everything I write sounds the same / Each record that I’m making / Is like a record that I’ve made / Just not as good".

"Every Time It Rains" was composed for Michael Jackson but he declined to record it,[2] while "I Miss You" was composed for his ex-wife.

This album proved to be Newman's one and only release for DreamWorks. He soon switched labels for Nonesuch Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Austin Chronicle 5/5 stars[4]
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
Hot Press 10/12[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
The Village Voice A[9]

It received generally positive reviews from critics. Scott Manzler stated "Bad Love ultimately falls short of Newman's early '70s masterworks,"[10] while Allmusic stated the songs on Bad Love "should rest comfortably alongside his other four-star offerings."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Randy Newman.

  1. "My Country" - 5.40
  2. "Shame" - 4.54
  3. "I'm Dead (But I Don't Know It)" - 3.25
  4. "Every Time It Rains" - 3.33
  5. "The Great Nations of Europe" - 3.26
  6. "The One You Love" - 3.39
  7. "The World Isn't Fair" - 2.44
  8. "Big Hat, No Cattle" - 4.24
  9. "Better Off Dead" - 4.03
  10. "I Miss You" - 3.55
  11. "Going Home" - 2.06
  12. "I Want Everyone to Like Me" - 2.59

Personnel[edit]

Randy Newman - vocals, piano

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Review by Denise Sullivan at Allmusic
  2. ^ Randy Newman Home Page
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ McCord, Jeff (1999). "Randy Newman: Bad Love". The Austin Chronicle (September 10). Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (1999). "Best of recent releases". Chicago Sun-Times (June 27). Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Willman, Chris (1999). "Bad Love Review". Entertainment Weekly (New York) (June 4). Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ O'Hare, Colm (1999). "Bad Love". Hot Press (July 21). Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (1999). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (June 22) (New York). Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ Review by Scott Manzler at nudeasthenews.com