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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vapor Records
  • ASIN: B00005Q66R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Her Mystery Not Of High Heels And Eye Shadow
2. Springtime In New York
3. Me And Her Got A Good Thing Goin' Baby
4. Couples Must Fight
5. I Took A Chance On Her
6. Maybe A Walk Home From Natick High School
7. Give Paris One More Chance
8. My Love For Her Ain't Sad
9. Leaves On The Sidewalk After The Rain
10. Tonight
11. Yo Tengo Una Novia
12. El Joven Se Estremece
13. Con El Merengue
14. Vampiresa Mujer

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Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow is a Jonathan Richman relationships album, which means it contains the songwriter's Woody Allen-ish proclivity to look at love's sweaty armpits as well as its quick-beating heart. The 14 songs cover courtship with a lyrical sharpness that keeps you tuned to Richman's stories from beginning to end (even if the occasional Spanish lyrics are a little tough to decipher). Her Mystery begins with a bouncy ode to the girl (who likes to rock) next door, and strays further into the unusual from there. "Springtime in New York" is a conversational walk through Manhattan, where couples are meeting, fighting, breaking up, and "when demolishing a building brings the smell of 1890 to the breeze." "Couples Must Fight" is the parental chat you get after that first big blowup, where Richman admits, "for a better day tomorrow, couples must argue, couples must fight." And on "Give Paris One More Chance," he begs if you "don't think that Paris was made for love, give Paris one more chance." The songs stand on the strength of Richman's off-the-wall observational skills, backed by his chaste, '50s rock & roll rhythms that are poppy enough for the dance floor. Score one each for love's underdogs and bone-dry humor. --Jennifer Maerz

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacques BALL on October 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The unusually long title of Jonathan's new opus , Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow, is already showing us that we won't find here what we had in "I, Jonathan", the short titled cd.
This is the record of a new life, Jonathan sounds happy again . Gone is the bitterness of Surrender. What already was blossoming in "I'm confused" through songs like "hello Cupid" and "Let her go into darkness" is now in full sight ..the sunset is reddening Jonathan's new landscape, and great songs are here catching our minds, "couples must fight" a long time live favorite is a winner as is "Springtime in NY". Jonathan has a tradition to revisit his old songs and this cd is not different in that way.. I always liked "give Paris one more chance", here it is again in a new format and it rules !! Four songs in Spanish conclude the cd , "Yo tengo una novia " is another highlight of the live shows which is pleasant to have on a regular recording and the cover of "Vampire girl" is just hilarious.. Sounds like it had been rewritten for Turquoise and me, to remind us of the 2000 show in Paris ....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KRossHoff@aol.com on October 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After thirty years as a musical marginal, one of the countless offbeat characters criscrossing the country and playing to any available audience, Jonathan Richman has become part of the cultural landscape. There he was on PBS "History of Rock'n'Roll" series, being hailed as the Godfather of Punk. There he was on the front page of the New York Times arts section last weekend, as part of a story on jazz clubs staying open in the face of tragedy. There he was, crooning and anticking with longtime drummer/sidekick Tommy Larkins, in "There's Something About Mary," the sort of high-profile gig that has dogged him ever since, for better or worse. Heck, he even made it into Spike a few years ago, where his sing-a-long paean to late-night New England driving was reckoned the 53rd Best Thing of the Millennium.
Through it all, despite progressing from the tough-guy posturing of the indispensable debut "Modern Lovers" to the carefree exuberance of albums like 1993's "Having a Party," Jonathan has lost none of his charm. Part of it is a simplicity that makes even young squirts like me nostalgic for the 1950s, and makes the rich, chunky guitar of tunes like "Me and Her Got A Good Thing Goin' Baby" the musical equivalent of comfort food. Part of it is a childlike innocence that paradoxically makes the hard-earned sage advice of "Couples Must Fight" and "I Took A Chance on Her" that much more credible. Mostly it's just a sense of fun that's inescapable in live performance and shines through as strongly as ever on his unwieldily titled twentieth release.
Backed by nothing more than bouyant acoustic strumming, Larkins' spirited drumming, and the occasional piano or violin, Richman holds forth on love, friendship, and his favorite cities (the brilliant "Give Paris One More Chance,") occasionally in Spanish (the bouncy "Yo Tengo una Novia.") And when he sings, you've just got to smile. 9/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michel Farmer on November 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I am admittedly biased in writing reviews of Jonathan Richman recordings since he is my absolute favorite artist in the history of rock and roll. I love him even when he is obviously failing, however I don't beleive that he is doing that on this release.
Of course I miss the childlike naivete and reckless abandon absurdity of some of Jonathan's early recordings but I do have to admit I think he is one of the few artists who has aged gracefully and managed to make quality records. (This is probably a result of his ability to be truthful and not phony. Can we say "Aerosmith" anybody?).
This is kind of a relaxing, subtle record and yes it could of been better but it is undoubtedly one of Jonathan's prettier and by default more human of his releases.
These really are simple, sad love songs for the timeless vaults.
The instrumentals could have been more fleshed out but I really think the pop songs are just like Jonathan has always been, innocent and completly devoid of pretension.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
We've finally got an album with many of the songs we've heard Jonathan tour with for the past couple years. I was initially skeptical when I opened the CD and noticed the list of backup musicians he has playing with him. I usually prefer him with just a guitar and drums. But I was pleasantly suprised. The instrumentation is very tasteful and subtle (unlike the annoying keyboards of I'm so confused). However, it sounds like his vocals are a little buried in the mix, and I wish they were louder. His voice sounds a little thin sometimes. I was disappointed that he didn't record the song about Barcelona, the one about walking along the Charles river in Boston, and Arrividerci Roma. But for the most part, I think this should satisfy most fans of Jonathan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Hirsh on November 1, 2001
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As a long time lover of modern man Jonathan Richman, I don't know what to think of this new album. I'm sure I like I'm So Confused better, but I'm not sure why. Has Jojo become too formulaic or is there something missing from his step on this one? Has he stopped dancing in lesbian bars or has he just lost the direction? For Jojo worshippers you will find enough to feed your jones, but for others future would be worshippers it is hard to say that this is the place to start. But if you just want a comfortable cd with some 50's sounding surf tunes then go ahead, become addicted to some fun with Jonathan.
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