Bad Love (album)
|Studio album by Randy Newman|
|Released||June 1, 1999|
|Recorded||Sunset Sound & Sound Factory
|Producer||Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake|
|Randy Newman chronology|
Bad Love is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Randy Newman, released in 1999. It was Newman's first solo album since 1988's Land of Dreams and followed an 11-year hiatus during which Newman had focused on film soundtracks, receiving several Academy Award nominations.
The album finds Newman bitter and satirical - as "biting as ever, yet unafraid to tackle personal and heartfelt concerns". 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".
Newman later said, "Before I started Bad Love, I wasn't exactly sure I could do a rock 'n' roll record at 65, or however old I was. But I was satisfied that it was a good record. Maybe my best record."
This album was Newman's only release for DreamWorks Records.
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It received generally positive reviews from critics. Scott Manzler stated "Bad Love ultimately falls short of Newman's early '70s masterworks," while AllMusic stated the songs on Bad Love "should rest comfortably alongside his other four-star offerings."
All songs written by Randy Newman.
- "My Country" - 5.40
- "Shame" - 4.54
- "I'm Dead (But I Don't Know It)" - 3.25
- "Every Time It Rains" - 3.33
- "The Great Nations of Europe" - 3.26
- "The One You Love" - 3.39
- "The World Isn't Fair" - 2.44
- "Big Hat, No Cattle" - 4.24
- "Better Off Dead" - 4.03
- "I Miss You" - 3.55
- "Going Home" - 2.06
- "I Want Everyone to Like Me" - 2.59
- Randy Newman - vocals, piano, arranger, conductor
- Steve Donnelly - guitar
- Greg Leisz - pedal steel guitar
- Brandon Fields - saxophone
- Martin Krystall - saxophone
- Jack Nimitz - saxophone
- Brian Scanlon - saxophone
- Tom Scott - saxophone
- Stu Blumberg - trumpet
- Oscar Brashear - trumpet
- Bruce Fowler - trombone
- George Thatcher - trombone
- James Self - tuba
- Mitchell Froom - keyboards
- Greg Cohen - bass
- Pete Thomas - drums
- Carmen Carter, Donna Davidson, Linda Harmon, Scottie Haskell, Luana Jackman, Teresa James, Melissa Mackay, Kate Markowitz, Bobbi Page, Sally Stevens-Eskew, Carmen Twillie, Terry Wood, Herb Pedersen - background vocals
- Sullivan, Denise. "Bad Love". AllMusic.
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- Keith Phipps (8 October 2003). "Randy Newman". A.V. Club.
- McCord, Jeff (1999). "Randy Newman: Bad Love". The Austin Chronicle (September 10). Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- DeRogatis, Jim (1999). "Best of recent releases". Chicago Sun-Times (June 27). Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- Willman, Chris (1999). "Bad Love Review". Entertainment Weekly. New York (June 4). Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- O'Hare, Colm (1999). "Bad Love". Hot Press (July 21). Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- Rolling Stone review
- Christgau, Robert (1999). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (June 22). New York. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- Review by Scott Manzler at nudeasthenews.com
- Bad Love (album) at Discogs