Jewels for Sophia

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Jewels for Sophia
Studio album by
GenreFolk rock, folk pop
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerRobyn Hitchcock, Jon Brion, Pete Gerrald, Charlie Francis, Pat Collier
Robyn Hitchcock chronology
Moss Elixir
Jewels for Sophia
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media8.9/10 link

Jewels For Sophia is the twelfth studio album by Robyn Hitchcock, released on Warner Records in 1999.

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 a 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".


Hitchcock recorded for the album in several sessions with different backing musicians. In Los Angeles, California he collaborated 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"