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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Jonathan Richman - Her Mystery Not Of High Heels... (2001)

"After a three-year gap, one of his longest, Richman returned with this exceptional album. As with it's two predecessors, it was recorded for Neil Young's Vapor Records label. This time out he's added some reeds and woodwinds into the arrangements, played by Ralph Carney(known for his work with Tom Waits). This bit of flourish adds a nice counterpoint to Richman's vocals. The title track is a classic, as is "Couples Must Fight," another of his succinctly insightful inquiries into romantic relationships.

There's also a new arrangement of his old tune "Give Paris One More Chance," and the set is rounded out with four numbers sung in Spanish, a language he loves to use (and which he also devoted an entire album to, JONATHAN, TE VAS A EMOCIONAR!). While the production adds some punch and even pop texture, the heart of this music remains Jonathan and his guitar, along with his longtime drummer, Tommy Larkins.

The unique ability to move listeners and audiences, through deeply affecting lyrics and enchanting and often hilarious performances--on stage and on record--have made Richman that rare artist who can transcend both musical styles and generations. And now, with the success of 'There's Something About Mary,' the rock 'n' roll played by Richman is more accessible to the mainstream rock audience than ever before. 'Her Mystery Not Of High Heels And Eye Shadows' on Vapor Records, was co-produced by Niko Bolas (Neil Young/Melissa Etheridge) and is packaged in a Digipak."

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