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Jonathan Richman is one of modern music's most original artists and quite possibly the friendliest, most sincere live performer on the face of this earth. Arriving in 2008 is his album Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild. This is his fifth release on Vapor Records and his first new album in three years, featuring 11 new tracks plus a new version of 'Old World' and a Leonard Cohen cover 'Here It Is'.

1. Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild
2. No One Was Like Vermeer
3. Time Has Been Going by So Fast
4. Es Como el Pan
5. Our Drab Ways
6. The Lovers Are Here and They're Full of Sweat
7. Le Printemps des Amoureux Est Venu
8. When We Refuse to Suffer
9. This Romance Will Be Different for Me
10. Old World
11. Our Party Will Be on the Beach Tonight
12. When We Refuse to Suffer
13. Here It Is
14. As My Mother Lay Lying

Product Details

  • Vinyl (August 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vapor Records
  • ASIN: B0014I7AI2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. He's revered by countless fellow artists, and has built a remarkably loyal international audience through his tireless touring. His deceptively straightforward songs embody timeless ... Read more in Amazon's Jonathan Richman Store

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Ball on June 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have had mixed feelings about "Because her beauty is raw and wild" as the first eponymous song seemed to be just the following of what Jonathan had done before in his recordings since "I'm confused". But I was wrong, this new album stands on its own right and it is some masterwork.
Already the pictures on the booklet are everything but canonical beauty when we are confronted with those gloomy deserted greenish flats. I had a proper listening to the full CD and found disillusion, heart-gripping feelings and sincerity. Now I understand the choice of covering Leonard Cohen, the paths between the 2 singers are getting closer.

"No one is like Vermeer" is another of Jonathan's rendition of a favourite painter of his, in the gallery of Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh, Dali and to some extent Cezanne in "Girlfren". Jonathan has not the same vision as me about Vermeer, I think he has a biased impressionistic approach but who cares as this is a terrific song with a battling rolling drumming from Tom Larkins.
The drummer extraordinaire is again enhancing the following song, "Time has been going fast" (we've been having fun), Jonathan is calling him to solo at mid song. "Time.." sounds to me like the nostalgia for all the good old times which vanished with adult age coming.

"Es como el par" introduced as we want the moment shows once more the link between Jonathan and Spanish culture, he just loves to sing in that language and his guitar takes free moves, this the light-hearted song of the CD.

"Our drab ways" (you are the light of the world) floats on atmospheric waves delivered magically by Tom using softly mallets on gongs. I have to hear this one again as I was hypnotized by the percussions. The Tucson resident surely knows his drumming.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A.M. Tyger on December 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been aware of Jonathan Richman, but sorry to say I hadn't paid much attention for many years now. Then he came to Savannah and we went to catch the show. I was blown away and completely enchanted. What a soul he has, and he's not afraid to bare it. His singing and songwriting are poetic and fun and heartfelt. I really can't give the song-by-song review as well as J. Ball, but I have been listening to this CD over and over, along with Not So Much to Be Loved as to Love.... and a couple other CDs are on the way. The entire CD offers, for me, jewel after jewel. I felt that "this romance will be different" was actually full of hope and anticipation. The last song at the show, as well as on this CD, "As My Mother Lay lying" hit me like a sledge hammer the first I heard it, and still does, as my own mom is in a similar position now. It brings tears to my eyes, and I thank Jonathan for writing it and including it. It's beautiful. I could go on and on...I feel like I've newly discovered an old but improved treasure. Thanks, Jonathan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ito on May 26, 2011
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Most solo musicians that come from 70's punk bands do not make albums as great as this.

Jonathan Richman is just as good on this album as he is on I, Johnathan. Fan's will know what I mean.

For the uninitiated: This is not a bad album to start with. It's simple music that is very pleasing to the ears. Folky but not overdone.
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