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Back in the Circus

Jonatha BrookeAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0001ADBCI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Back In The Circus
2. Better After All
3. It Matters Now
4. Sleeping With The Light On
5. Fire and Rain
6. Everything I Wanted
7. God Only Knows
8. Less Than Love Is Nothing
9. Sally
10. No Net Below
11. Eye In The Sky

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Jonatha Brooke ~ Back In The Circus

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the money for Jonatha fans August 23, 2004
By Beth
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Jonatha Brooke since her early days with Jennifer Kimball in "The Story." Her songwriting continues to impress as does her ability to deliver passion behind the lyrics. The writing is especially strong in "Sleeping with the light on," "Less than love is nothing," and "Sally."

So far, my favorite song on this album, though, is one that she didn't write. I absolutely love her cover of the Alan Parsons Project song, "Eye in the Sky." In fact, the first time I played it, I kept skipping backward to hear it again. I liked the original a lot, but I think her version adds so much more emotion, depth, and sadness. I wasn't as fond of her "Fire and Rain" remake or her remake of "God Only Knows," but both are growing on me and it was fun to hear her take on two classic songs. In fact, I appreciate the entire album more as I listen to it again and again.

Still, her live album remains my favorite solo Jonatha album. It's a better taste of her singing and playing the guitar, rather than the remixed feel of some of the songs on this album and on "Steady Pull." For new listeners, I would recommend buying the live album first and checking out "West Point," "Because I told you so," and "Blood from a Stone." She remains great and I hope she will continue to put out great albums.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good June 29, 2004
By Lisa DJ
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I so wanted this album to be better. Don't get me wrong. Jonatha is one of the most premiere female singer/songwriters out there, but she is capable of so much more. I just found this album on the shallow side with none of the soul evident in some of her past albums. "Everything I Wanted" seems to be the best song on the album and it could have been mined directly from Plumb, her best album, btw. Strong bass riffs with emotion are what are needed here, not more techno synth ala EBTG. I saw EBTG when they actually played instruments and jazz in 1985, but now they are "house" and bland. I don't want Jonatha to go that way. She has been one of my favorite artists for so long. Maybe it's just hard to write strong songs with soul such as "Room in my Heart", "10cent Wings", "Nothing Sacred", "Made of Gold", and "No Better". There are so few artists that can achieve that level of depth and soul in their songs, I just wish there was more of it on this album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too intimate? May 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Jonatha's voice is still gorgeous, and her songwriting still great, but this is a bit of a departure for her - more intimate small-band arrangements, led by Hammond-organ sound. It does sound almost like she is jumping on the Norah Jones bandwagon, though I'm sure that wasn't her intent. The original songs here are pleasant enough, but not a single one stands out, and they seem devoid of much of the energy of her previous work. Ironically, probably the best song on the CD is her cover of Alan Parsons' "Eye in the Sky". Her cover of "God Only Knows" is fine too, but "Fire and Rain" is a real misstep. (One thing the booklet photos establish, though: she's got great legs!) Unfortunately, my reaction to this release is a shrug and a "so-what?" If you want to hear an exceptional album from Ms. Brooke, try "10-cent Wings" - I miss the bombast and killer arrangements of that album.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY LISTEN and you'll APPRECIATE!! March 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that I have been a bit dismayed by some of the disappointed reviews from self-admitted Jonatha Brooke veterans here on this wonderful piece of work. True, she relies more on electronically programmed music on this album, but that merely changes the perspective from which you hear her beautiful voice and her insightful lyrics. Phrases like "My timing is clear, and I'll never fear, I'll swing until there's no net below...." this is a wonderful affirmation of a life attitude that reflects her maturity not only as an artist, but as a person in general. She has lost NONE of her genius here. For those who are disappointed, I say: listen again. And again. You WILL get it!!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great artist ..... Not her Best here! September 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Jonatha Brooke has been one of my favorite artist in the last

5 years. BACK IN THE CIRCUS comes way shy of her two previous

efforts 10 CENT WINGS and STEADY PULL. Although as a fan I can

enjoy this album it is best to put this one at the bottom of

the list of best choices. I personally don't like the idea of

doing old hits in her versions. Shes is just too good of a

songwriter to go so heavy on her versions of the old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The energy lay in the quiet sounds... May 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
and this journey "Back In The Circus" gives Jonatha another chance to shine on. The girl's in love with living and experiencing the sometimes not-so-vibrant truth of everyday life.
While lacking the rocking vibes of "Steady Pull," "Circus" offers some revamped covers of materials that lend themselves well to Johatha's personality.
"God Only Knows" isn't the vibrant mix of Brian Wilson's vision but works beautifully at getting the point across.
The same is true of "Fire and Rain." Her cover of "Eye In The Sky" is probably the truest to original stylings, but it's the orignal works that still make me happy the world has Jonatha Brooke to call it's own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonatha Hits it Out of the Park!
An awesome album, lyrically deep and moving and the music carries it along very well.
Published 1 day ago by jzactor
4.0 out of 5 stars Another departure for Jonatha Brooke
Every effort by Jonatha Brooke is different. Steady Pull is in no way a clone of 10 Cent Wings and Back in the Circus is by no means a clone of Steady Pull. Read more
Published on December 14, 2010 by Wayne M. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonatha Brooke - Back in the circus
Very good stuff. The covers of "Eye in the sky" and "God only knows" are superb. I think Eye is played tuned a half step down, sounds intimate and works. Read more
Published on September 6, 2008 by Joseph Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars The Pro Tools album
Even Bob Clearmountain couldn't save this one...

Some good songs, some uninspired covers and some horrible recording techniques.
Published on April 3, 2007 by Christopher Kriz
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonatha delivers the goods with style
Jonatha brought her art up a step with this release, yet her distinctive song-writing and vocal stylings are unmistakable. Read more
Published on January 23, 2007 by Craig B. Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fullest Flower of Jonatha Brooke
I cannot emphasize enough how much I DISAGREE with those reviewers here who have called this album "not her best material". Read more
Published on July 27, 2006 by Paul
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed with the songwriting or vocals
I have been a serious Jonatha fan since I first heard "Over Oceans" by The Story. (An AMAZING a cappella track, well worth the entire price of her first album). Read more
Published on October 12, 2005 by monbaby
1.0 out of 5 stars a big dissapointment
I hate to say it, but I am really disappointed with Jonatha and this CD. Her last CD "Steady Pull" rates 5 stars - its great! She's also wonderful in concert. Read more
Published on September 30, 2005 by Mark Beavers
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't blow me away but there are some nice tunes here
I'd heard lots of talk about her in various forums on the Net, critics lists, etc so I decided to borrow this from our local library. Read more
Published on May 2, 2005 by Greg Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
Jonatha is the beloved underdog in the over-crowded category of Girls With Guitars. She is perhaps the most refreshing female singer-songwriter we've ever heard. Read more
Published on December 8, 2004 by Larry Harris
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