Trouble in Paradise (Randy Newman album)

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Trouble in Paradise
Studio album by Randy Newman
Released January 17, 1983[1]
Recorded 1982
Warner Brothers Studios, North Hollywood, California
Genre Soft rock
Length 39:36
Label Warner Bros., Reprise
Producer Russ Titelman, Lenny Waronker
Randy Newman chronology
Born Again
(1979)
Trouble in Paradise
(1983)
Land of Dreams
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (A-)[4]

Trouble in Paradise is the seventh album by American composer Randy Newman. Released four years after his last commercial album, 1979's Born Again, and two years after he composed the original score for the 1981 film Ragtime, it was well-received as a return to form. It spawned the smash hit "I Love L.A." in addition to a duet with Paul Simon on "The Blues."

The album was different from previous Newman albums, full of synthesizers, drum loops, and samples. The writing also somewhat abandoned the country-tinged folkiness of his work in the 1970s in favor of somewhat glossy synth pop.

Trouble in Paradise was ranked as number 67 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s list.[5]

A cover version of "Real Emotional Girl" by the Canadian singer Patricia O'Callaghan appears on her 2001 album Real Emotional Girl.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Randy Newman.

  1. "I Love L.A." - 3:29
  2. "Christmas in Capetown" - 4:21
  3. "The Blues" - 3:01
  4. "Same Girl" - 2:53
  5. "Mikey's" - 2:10
  6. "My Life Is Good" - 4:38
  7. "Miami" - 4:04
  8. "Real Emotional Girl" - 2:28
  9. "Take Me Back" - 4:09
  10. "There's a Party at My House" - 2:50
  11. "I'm Different" - 2:33
  12. "Song for the Dead" - 3:00

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard - Google Boeken". Books.google.com. 1983-01-08. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  2. ^ Mark Deming. "Trouble in Paradise - Randy Newman | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "CG: randy newman". Robert Christgau. 1995-10-31. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  5. ^ "100 Best Albums of the Eighties: Randy Newman, 'Trouble in Paradise'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-05-24.