http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/kansas-city-star-no-one-does-what-randy-newman-doesOctober 13, 2008|0 comments
Randy Newman took his tour of songs from his latest album, Harps and Angels, and throughout his career, across the Midwest this past weekend. The Waukegan, Illinois, paper The Lake Forester says Randy "was in top form Friday" at the show there, with the performance showing "how well constructed Newman's songs are." The Kansas City Star concludes after Randy's Saturday show in that city: "No one does what he does the way he does it: sing and comment with humor, sadness, anger and regret about everything from world history, politics, religion and socio-economics to love, death, sex and parenthood."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewsrandy newmanhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/chicago-tribune-newmans-standards-remain-high-his-work-stellar-on-harps-and-angelsOctober 09, 2008|0 comments
Randy Newman continues his world tour in the Midwest this week. The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot previews tomorrow night's show in nearby Waukegan by assuring his readers that, with the new album, Randy's "standards remain high, his work stellar ... Instead of growing content and nostalgic, Newman remains at his acerbic best on Harps and Angels, his deceptively jaunty, blues-based, luminously orchestrated pop songs brimming with dark humor and pointed commentary that continues in the tradition of '70s classics such as 'Sail Away,' 'Louisiana,' and 'Political Science.'"Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewsrandy newmanhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/washington-post-randy-newmans-jaw-dropping-concert-a-rollicking-rideSeptember 29, 2008|1 comments
Randy Newman's Harps and Angels tour stop at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, on Friday night. The Philadelphia Inquirer previewed the set with a look at the man he places "among the most perversely funny of songwriter-observers who ever hit the charts." Randy had stopped in Bethesda, Maryland, earlier in the week for what the Washington Post calls "jaw-dropping concert" and "a rollicking ride through Randy Newman's psyche." Glide magazine calls Harps and Angels "34 minutes of sharp-witted commentary by one of America’s most original lyricists."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewsrandy newmanhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/boston-globe-randy-newman-pops-most-incisive-sharp-witted-satirist-takes-the-stageSeptember 22, 2008|0 comments
Randy Newman's world tour got under way last week with stops at Carnegie Hall on Friday, Toronto's Convocation Hall on Saturday, and Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday. Reviewing the Carnegie Hall show, New York magazine says that
Randy "sang about micro and macro American hypocrisy with more sharpness and poignancy than the combined works of Thomas Frank and Maureen Dowd." The Star-Ledger says "the droll raconteur provided more food for thought than a year's worth of media punditry, and he did it with soul." The Toronto Star calls Randy "a graduate cum laude of the master class of mid-1970s American musical poets" and says his latest album, Harps and Angels, "matches the caustic intelligence and musical virtuosity of his classic 1970s albums Sail Away and Good Old Boys." The Boston Globe calls Randy "pop's most incisive, sharp-witted satirist."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewsrandy newmanhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/randy-newman-previews-carnegie-hall-concert-with-free-show-at-nyc-apple-storeSeptember 18, 2008|0 comments
Randy Newman's Harps and Angels tour began earlier this week in Peekskill, New York, and continues downstate with two performances in New York City: a free in-store set at the Apple Store in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood tonight at 7 PM and a concert at Carnegie Hall tomorrow. USA Today describes a track off the new album as "sublime even by Newman standards." The Richmond Times Dispatch gives the album four stars, declaring: "He’s still in a class of his own, and Harps and Angels is the kind of album that longtime fans really get to celebrate every few years ... He’s in great voice, and his songwriting strikes the right Newman mix of sweet/sour/scathing that makes Harps a record that could have landed just behind 1974’s classic Good Old Boys and seemed like a natural progression."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewsrandy newmanhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/boston-globe-song-from-randy-newman-savagely-patriotic-harps-and-angels-no-1-for-its-rapier-September 15, 2008|1 commentsBoston Globe: Song from Randy Newman "Savagely Patriotic" "Harps and Angels" No. 1 for Its "Rapier Wit"
Randy Newman's tune "A Piece of the Pie," from Harps and Angels, has made its way onto the Boston Globe's list of "The 1 Thing You Must Do, See, or Hear This Week" as "The 1 Great Election-Season Lyric." Calling the record "savagely patriotic," the paper states: "We could go on and on about Randy Newman's rapier wit, but his words speak for themselves." Randy hits the road this week, with a free in-store performance at New York's Apple Store SoHo and a show at Carnegie Hall. The New Yorker calls the new album "a welcome, witty throwback to the days when his songs were snide, ironic, edgy, controversial, and, oh yeah, really funny."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewsrandy newmanhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/stereophile-names-randy-newmans-five-star-harps-and-angels-recording-of-the-monthSeptember 11, 2008|0 comments
Randy Newman's Harps and Angles, is Stereophile magazine's Recording of the Month, earning five stars for performance and four stars for sound, calling it "another collection of uniquely chiseled miniatures that vividly bring back memories of what a master he is of songcraft and how expressive his voicings can be ... In short, Randy Newman has done it again."Read more|Journal Topics:Reviewsrandy newmanhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/the-australian-randy-newmans-harps-and-angels-is-testimony-to-his-craftSeptember 02, 2008|0 comments
Randy Newman's Harps and Angels has already garnered acclaim from critics across North America and Europe, and new praise now comes from The Australian, which calls him "the crown prince" of his musical form, the new album "testimony to his craft," and its songs "so vibrant, musically and lyrically, ... that his catalogue would seem incomplete without them." All About Jazz says the new album shows that Randy "just keeps on getting better," and Paste calls him "one of America’s most important songwriters," while Slate credits the "uproarious" song "Korean Parents" with offering "a more enjoyable way forward" in the highly charged discussion of satire and race.Read more|Journal Topics:Reviewsrandy newmanhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rolling-stone-newmans-new-album-a-welcome-return-to-form-for-one-of-the-greatest-songwritersAugust 27, 2008|1 commentsRolling Stone: Newman's New Album "A Welcome Return to Form" for "One of the Greatest Songwriters of the Rock Era"
Randy Newman recently spoke with Rolling Stone for a feature article in the September 4 issue, in which Harps and Angels, Randy's first album in nine years, is described as "a welcome return to form for Newman, one of the greatest songwriters of the rock era—though his songs rarely rock and often have more in common with Tin Pan Alley and show tunes."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Reviewsrandy newmanhttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/ny-times-randy-newmans-blend-of-humor-politics-in-song-a-rarityAugust 25, 2008|0 comments
Randy Newman helped open this week's Democratic National Convention in Denver yesterday, performing for delegates at a pre-Convention kick-off event. The New York Times says of Randy: "He prefers to wield a lyrical scalpel rather than a hammer, and he blends humor and politics in ways few songwriters would dare." The Knoxville News Sentinel calls him "one of modern music's true treasures" and credits him with having written "some of the most viciously hilarious and biting songs of the past 100 years."