Bad Love

Bad Love

Artist: Randy Newman

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Format: CD
Catalog: 888079
Genre: Rock/Pop
Rel. Date: 06/01/1999
UPC: 600445011526

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Bad Love is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Randy Newman released 1999. It was Newman's first solo album since 1988s ''Land of Dreams'' and followed an 11 year hiatus during which Newman had focused on film soundtracks, receiving several Academy Award nominations.

It received generally positive reviews from critics. Scott Manzler stated "''Bad Love'' ultimately falls short of Newman's early '70s masterworks," while Allmusic stated the songs on ''Bad Love'' "should rest comfortably alongside his other four-star offerings."

The album finds Newman bitter and satirical - as "biting as ever, yet unafraid to tackle personal and heartfelt concerns" - in stark contrast to some of his film scores. Newman tackles issues such as the state of American culture in "My Country" which chronicles suburbia's growing dependence on television, and "The World Isn’t Fair" which takes a look at the world through the eyes of Karl Marx. He also looks at aging - "Shame" takes a negative look at an "older man courting a younger woman" via the barbed lyrics and an exchange between the lead vocalist and the backing singer. "I’m Dead (But I Don't Know It)" is more self referential in dealing with aging rock stars a kicking and commenting: "Everything I write sounds the same / Each record that I’m making / Is like a record that I’ve made / Just not as good".

"Every Time It Rains" was composed for Michael Jackson but Jackson declined to record the song. - Wikipedia