Jewels for Sophia

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Jewels for Sophia
Studio album by Robyn Hitchcock
Released 1999
Genre Folk pop
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Robyn Hitchcock, Jon Brion, Pete Gerrald, Charlie Francis, Pat Collier
Robyn Hitchcock chronology
Moss Elixir
(1996)
Jewels for Sophia
(1999)
Luxor
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media 8.9/10 link

Jewels For Sophia is a 1999 album by Robyn Hitchcock, released on Warner Records.

Since Respect (1993), the hitherto prolific Hitchcock had released just one full studio album (Moss Elixir in 1996), the rest of his recent output consisting largely of repackages and live recordings. Jewels For Sophia however contained a dozen tracks, only one of which ("No, I Don't Remember Guildford") had been recorded previously, and two extras not listed on the cover, and hidden away after a substantial pause following the album's "last" track.

Tracks include a paean to cheese in all its forms, with a sub-text of the global power struggle, and the quasi-nonsensical title number, whose lyric is rather pointed, in similar vein to John Lennon's "I Am the Walrus".

The two hidden extras are "Mr. Tongs" and "Don't Talk to Me About Gene Hackman".

Personnel[edit]

Hitchcock recorded sessions for the album in Los Angeles, California with guitarist Grant Lee Phillips and multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion; and in Seattle, Washington with guitarist Peter Buck and members of The Young Fresh Fellows. Kimberley Rew, Hitchcock's erstwhile collaborator in The Soft Boys, also appears on two songs, the first time in nearly 20 years the pair had recorded together.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Robyn Hitchcock

  1. "Mexican God"
  2. "The Cheese Alarm"
  3. "Viva! Sea-Tac"
  4. "I Feel Beautiful"
  5. "You've Got a Sweet Mouth on You, Baby"
  6. "NASA Clapping"
  7. "Sally Was a Legend"
  8. "Antwoman"
  9. "Elizabeth Jade"
  10. "No, I Don't Remember Guildford"
  11. "Dark Princess"
  12. "Jewels for Sophia"
  13. (Unlisted) "Mr. Tongs"
  14. (Unlisted) "Don't Talk to Me About Gene Hackman"