The Works (Jonatha Brooke album)

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The Works
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 29, 2008 (2008-08-29)
LabelBad Dog Records
ProducerJonatha Brooke, Bob Clearmountain
Jonatha Brooke chronology
Careful What You Wish For
The Works

The Works, Jonatha Brooke's seventh solo release, is a full-length album of previously unheard lyrics by Woody Guthrie, set to original music written and performed by Brooke.[1] Brooke was invited by Guthrie's daughter Nora to sift through the private archives and hunt through Guthrie's unreleased material for possible adaptations.[2] Brooke said she was "smitten" with Guthrie's work and going through it was like "going to church."[3] She liked his poetic love songs like "My Sweet and Bitter Bowl" and spiritual deeper tunes like "My Battle"[3] and loved Guthrie's "full spectrum of craziness" as she described his writings.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(A-)[5]
PopMatters7/10 stars[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Woody Guthrie (lyrics) and Jonatha Brooke (music)

  1. "My Sweet and Bitter Bowl"
  2. "You'd Oughta Be Satisfied Now"
  3. "All You Gotta Do Is Touch Me"
  4. "My Flowers Grow Green"
  5. "Madonna on the Curb"
  6. "There's More True Lovers Than One"
  7. "Sweetest Angel"
  8. "My Battle"
  9. "Little Bird"
  10. "Taste of Danger"
  11. "New Star"
  12. "Coney Island Intro"
  13. "King of My Love"

Album credits[edit]

Additional musicians

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Linda Laban (August 26, 2008). "'The Works' mostly works". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  2. ^ "The outlook -- Things to do and places to go". Boston Globe. November 17, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  3. ^ a b "Jonatha Brooke: Rediscovering Woody Guthrie". National Public Radio (interview) Weekend Edition Sunday. November 16, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  4. ^ Jeff Tamarkin. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  5. ^ Robert Christgau. "Robert Christgau review". Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  6. ^ Micheal Metivier (2008-10-20). "Popmatters review". Popmatters. Retrieved 2020-01-13.