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Traffic From Paradise

Rickie Lee JonesAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OTG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rickie Lee Jones Traffic From Paradise French CD album

Traffic from Paradise is cause for celebration, for it contains flashes of Rickie Lee Jones' old alchemy, which turned beat poetry into pop hooks. Few melodies are as captivating as the one Jones sings against the skeletal acoustic guitar and bass backdrop of ""Stewart's Coat.'' On the uptempo, swing-folk ""Jolie Jolie,'' another nothing-held-back love song, her mumbly voice bends notes and smears them like a muted jazz trumpet. On her version of David Bowie's ""Rebel Rebel," she brings out the wounded insecurity lurking in the heart of every nonconformist. Traffic from Paradise is only the second album of original songs from Jones in 10 years, and the singer credits Leo Kottke for jumpstarting her stalled interested in songwriting. Kottke cowrote two of the new album's songs and plays guitar on six of them. --Geoffrey Himes

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS RANKS WITH HER FIRST 2 RELEASES December 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It took me a while to get around to listening to this one, and after doing so, I wondered what took me so long. It conatins all original material (save for a cover of Bowie's "Rebel Rebel") and her somgs here are breathtaking. "Stewart's Coat" is one of the most beautiful songs she's ever penned and the fusion of jazz/Indian/African on "Tigers" is an experiment that truly works.
Overall, the album has a quiet, meditative, and highly spiritual tone to it. No references to the hard life on the street which have turned up in much of her work. Just quiet, introspective songs from a single mother, shortly before her 40th birthday, who had put her personal turmoil behind her. If you're a fan of her early work, give this one a whirl. While much of the subject matter may be different, her flair for melody and poetry are very much intact here.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Mojo" at work here... August 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I only recently discovered Traffic From Paradise, and what a divine discovery it is... The term "Mojo" is probably most often used to refer to a sort of "magic spell", and among works of art, whether it be literature, poetry, film, photography, music, etc.., every once in a great while something truly profound and stirring comes our way, often (uncannily) when we're more open and ready to receive and appreciate its clarity, creativity, and power. Such works of art may be dark, luminous, or some combination there of, but in my opinion, one true sign of a great work of art is that it leaves an indellible and magnetic impression, in which we find ourselves thinking about the experience, with an urge to return to it, again and again. This is how Traffic From Paradise has affected me, and as I've pondered the photos and poetry of this CD while listening to it, I'm struck by a sense that this particular Rickie Lee Jones album was inspired by a deeply spiritual and unconditional LOVE, the kind of love that exists between mother and child; the kind of love that exists between God, angels, and their mortal flock. Indeed, I think the real miracle of this album is the love that surely inspired it, and if you read the liner notes and poetry of this album, RLJ seems to be paying humble and loving hommage and thanks to the "Universe" for the many gifts and lessons of life, as well as (perhaps) her recognition that children tend to be so innately connected with the love and rightmindedness of God and the Universe. Hence the album title, "Traffic From Paradise". And indeed, it is my opinion that this album stands as one of the most transcendent, love-inspired, brilliantly creative, lyrical, musical, and timeless creations of our time. Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Rickie's best recordings! June 15, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This cd will shatter you! It builds slowly, sneakily and finally washes over you emotionally. Its all here: love and loss in all its forms. Deep sadness, but beauty, too. Best cuts: Tigers, The Albatross, Stewart's Coat, Beat Angels. The song about the monk shows that RLJ hasn't lost her nerve! "Nearer to heaven, then, death will not part us again, 10,000 ancestors, who dream of me" This record will keep you dreaming of Rickie for a long time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Rickie Lee Jones' Traffic From Paradise demonstrates her considerable skills as a lyricist. As they say about Emily Dickinson, Jones is "cognitively unique" with her wonderful ear for the language of the creative fringes, the hopeful beaten, the brave outcasts, and the redeemed intoxicated.

Her voice has incredible vulnerability, cracking with painful experiences that beam as genuine.

The musicians were top notch, perfectly complimenting lyrics and Ricki's voice and yet maintaining a somewhat independent and interesting flow of instrumentation.

With the whimsical bright "Stewart's Coat" she gives us the wonderful line 'just give me many chances', possibly the secret to all genuine relationships.

In "Beat Angels" we hear a wonderful mixture of the influence of island and country.

She ends with a duet with Leo Kottke in "The Albatross" that soars in depth.

She remains a unique expressionist.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guitar, bass, harmonies January 3, 2004
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"Beat Angels" has it all... great harmonies, bass, lyrics, melody. Sal Bernardi on acoustic guitar is tremendous. John Leftwich does a great job on bass on several of the songs. I definitely hear Leo Kottke's guitar playing and vocals. Brian Setzer's electric guitar on "Rebel Rebel" is inspired. Rickie's voice is just plain haunting throughout. High quality audio makes it a pleasure to listen to "Traffic From Paradise". This music give me the shivers. Wow! Thanks Rickie!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See what getting clean can do for an artist? January 17, 2000
By Dael
Format:Audio CD
This was my introduction to the ladies' work. I haven't heard the entire catalogue, but this is the most consistantly fine album that I've heard from her. Each song is strong, relaxed, and well-produced. They are songs that make other people wish they'd written them first.(except for the one that someone DID write first, Bowie's Rebel Rebel, and even that is delivered with a watchful grace that makes the original sound overblown and empty) Her voice is at its best, carefully produced but fully expressive. Overall, the album is as satisfying as the best work of Paul Simon. If you are looking for an introduction to her work, this is a fine start. The short samples available on this page cannot hope to do justice to these slow-developing jewels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Traffic from Paradise
Wonderful recording. Certainly one of her best albums. I have most of them including Ghostyhead which I also consider one of her best.
Published 4 months ago by George DeGroot
5.0 out of 5 stars play this almost daily during my yoga/meditation session...
Play this almost daily during my yoga/meditation session. Ricky Lee's evocative lyrics and unique voice are enhanced by excellent vocal and instrumental (Leo Kottke) musicians.
Published 5 months ago by billyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Find
I've been trying to locate this album for years. I heard Rickie Lee sing selections from it last time I saw her, (2007) and flipped over it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lancer Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Very Good
Like almost all of her albums after Magazine, this one is very inconsistent with many hits and many misses. Here are song-by-song ratings:

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Published 18 months ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that Rikki!
This CD is one of her better music. I highly recommend this one to Rikki fans. Lots of interesting songs.
Published on October 20, 2011 by Nelson Herman
5.0 out of 5 stars arguably rickie's best
just downright great music with smooth rich vocal harmonies, cool instrumentation, and the uniqueness of rickie's syling and voice. Read more
Published on August 13, 2008 by L. Hannemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Ranks with her best
Rickie will never retire on the millions she makes from her loving afficionados. Her following is too limited. Read more
Published on October 28, 1999 by Larry OConnor
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