Bad Love (album)

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

Bad Love is the ninth 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".[1] Newman tackles issues such as the state of American culture in "My Country", which chronicles suburbia's growing dependence on television[citation needed], 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.[citation needed] "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 Newman's ex-wife.[citation needed]

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."[3]

This album was Newman's only release for DreamWorks Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle5/5 stars[4]
Chicago Sun-Times3.5/4 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[6]
Hot Press10/12[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
The Village VoiceA[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



  1. ^ a b c Sullivan, Denise. "Bad Love". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ "Bad Love". Archived from the original on 1999-10-09. 
  3. ^ Keith Phipps (8 October 2003). "Randy Newman". A.V. Club. 
  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
  11. ^ Bad Love (album) at Discogs