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  • Audio CD (June 1, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: June 1, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • ASIN: B00000J7R4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Three songs into Bad Love, Randy Newman lobs a smart bomb into the bunker of classic rock, impersonating a boomer-aged rocker just going through the motions, "Each record that [he's] making ... like a record that [he's] made--just not as good." Giving the punch line added snap is the happy irony of Newman's own music at midlife, which proves as perceptive, funny, and, yes, moving as any he's recorded. Comparisons to past triumphs are inevitable here, and mostly favorable, starting with the mock piety of "My Country," an anthem to America's virtual family life entranced by television, "having other people's voices fill our minds." Elsewhere, he grins through a new geopolitical patter song ("The Great Nations of Europe"), undertakes his own dialectic on materialism with the ghost of Karl Marx ("The World Isn't Fair"), and, in the album's mordant zenith, conjures the sputtering jealousy and lust of an elderly New Orleans burgher smitten by a sweet young thing. That song, "Shame," embellishes a piano blues that might have fit snugly on 12 Songs, with choral and instrumental flourishes that are apt and hilarious--mocking female singers repeat the title in frank emulation of Sylvia Robinson's venerable disco hit, while elsewhere Newman's arrangements suggest Carl Stalling's vivid Looney Tunes scores. --Sam Sutherland

Customer Reviews

I love Newman's contrasting beautiful music and tough lyrics.
Rex Nicholson
Everytime it Rains is just a gloryous love song, his abiltiy to make you laugh at one instance then cry the next is astounding.
"wmurch3"
If the next album takes 11 years, too, it might just be worth the wait.
Bernard Perusse

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "mxw991" on May 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
One of the most universally admired and critically acclaimed song-writers, this old-timer still has one hell of a lot to say. Randy Newman is one of those guys who writes songs straight from his cynical, sardonic, soleful heart with more than a hint of black-comedy.
Laden with pathos and humour in equal measure, this album sounds like it was written by a 60 year-old with more than a life-time's worth of broken hearts and hate-mail, but lucky for us, he likes to sing about it.
Picking highlights from this excellent album is hard - the hillarious "Shame" and "I'm Dead But I Don't Know It"(about an ageing, out of date, singer-song writer who just won't shut up...) or the beautiful "Every Time It Rains" (possibly the sweetest lost-love song ever recorded -written and sung as only Newman knows how... ) and "I Miss You" (a candid account of a love affair that never happened... "It's a little bit late, twenty years or so" )...
When you're taking time out from listening to whatever the hell you normally listen to, listen to a superbly crafted, subtle, album, with real songs, written with a life-time's real experience.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2000
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I asked for this CD for Christmas after one hearing of the song "Shame". I figured that song alone was worth the price of admission. I was far from disappointed with the rest, and find myself consistantly choosing this CD when I really have the time to sit back and listen. "Bad Love" exemplifies master songwriting - coupling wry, funny and poignant lyrics with often beautiful, often quirky, but always original Newman music. His songs are like Sweet Tarts for the ears and mind, ranging from the Gilbert and Sullivanesque "Great Nations of Europe" to C & W ("Big Hat") to Hard Rock ("I'm Dead") to gut-wrenching love ("I Miss You" and "Every Time It Rains"). As a 52 year old musician and music lover, I find Randy is one of the few artists who is still "Talkin' Bout My Generation" but still has alot to say to the young men "runnin' free and runnin' wild". In the words of another American Treasure of my generation, Neil Young - Randy, "Long May You Run".
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
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it's been ten years, at least, since Randy's concentrated on doing something like a regular record. Faust was a different kind of project, and the other film music has been work for hire that does not always include his very specific sensibility. Bad Love is a treasure that improves with each hearing. Though Newman likes to say he creates characters, and they sing the songs, not him (i.e: Rednecks, Davy the Fat Boy, etc.) the autobiographical songs on Land of Dreams show that sometimes he does write about himself. Don't miss the splendid "Every Time it Rains" (he always does well with rain imagery in music) or the heartwrenching "I Miss You". (glad I'm not his second wife--listening to this song about his first--ouch!)All in all, stunning. People may argue about the production, but the work is magnificent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Carroll VINE VOICE on October 29, 2005
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I was surprised to find a few reviews here that were offended by some of Newman's songs found on BAD LOVE. As if the title wasn't warning enough, this is quintessential Newman, adopting the persona of some of the more reprehensible characters around in order to portray them clearly for all to see. BAD LOVE is a return to form; the songs here are a balance of bittersweet and pure vitriol. That's the way I like my Newman: Unfiltered. While not as cohesive as some earlier efforts, BAD LOVE definitely let's you see ugly side of life, surrounded by excellent melodies and more than a few comments on the world as scene through the eyes of a pure cynic. While not entirely successful, "Better Off Dead" with its soaring strings sounds like bad muzak left me cold and "The Great Nations of Europe" sounds like an outtake from SAIL AWAY, this really does hearken back to prime Newman.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tom Miklo on January 5, 2000
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I was pleased to see Randy Newman back in the studio for a "regular" recording session. But what an effort it was. I think that for a total package, this album/cd is easily the best he's ever put together in one session. His satire has never been better or stronger (I'm Dead, But I Don't Know It), his songs of unrequited love were very touching (Everytime It Rains, I Miss You) and his always razor sharp wit showed with my personal favorite. (Big Hat, No Cattle) Song for song the album is tight, well written and well-performed. I've always enjoyed Newman's work, but usually his albums would have only 2 or 3 really top-notch songs. This one is enjoyable from start to finish. I hope he records again soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
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Randy Newman has always cared not only about what he says in his music; he has always cared very much about the music itself. He can write great music without lyrics, as he has proven time and time again on his film scores. When he combines his wry sense of humor and outlook with his music, the results are truly novel. It's no surprise the kind of influence he has on other great and unique songwriters and performers like Lyle Lovett. Here on "Bad Love," the songs convey a whole range of emotions. "Bad Love," at least in content, is on par with some of his best releases like "Good Old Boys" or "Little Criminals." In some ways, it's even better now that Randy has even more life experience to take from and contemplate. Like no other, Randy throws in pieces of rock, classical, jazz, ragtime, and other musical styles seamlessly into his songs. I don't have as much of a gripe with the production as some others seem to; although I do agree that it doen't match the quality in arrangements he achieved on previous albums.
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