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Rolling Stone (8/10/95, p.60) - "...Newman's drawling, bluesy vocals cut against the lush conventionality of the settings like a squirt of lemon juice in milk....One of the most deliciously unsettling albums ever made."Q (4/00, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Cynical, ironic and venomous, it sets the stage for 30 years of nasty songs..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/95, p.113) - "...Everything that's great about Randy Newman can be found [here]...the benign condescension towards Middle America ('The Beehive State'), the effortlessly modulated melancholy ('Living Without You')...and the elaborate orchestrations betraying the influence of his movie-scoring uncles..."NME (Magazine) (2/14/00, p.42) - 7 out of 10 - "...an oddball hybrid of burlesque show tunes and sardonic singer-songwriting....makes for edifying listening..."179.3562

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Q (7/93, p.111) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...An LP that's as wicked a blend of poignancy and pungency as any other in his catalogue. In the songs upon it he draws in fine lines a sardonic tableau...Yet compassion is Newman's signal virtue, often so well disguised as to be entirely overlooked..."Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.116) - "...plaintive piano'n'voice gems amongst stodgy LA rock...while his occasional orchestral writing remains beautiful..."127.8576

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Rolling Stone - #67 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Albums Of The 80's" survey.Q (4/00, p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...shows an undiminished talent, but suggests that his unchanging style has cost him commercially, which might explain why he spent most of the last 2 decades making soundtracks instead."Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.116) - "...plaintive piano'n'voice gems amongst stodgy LA rock...while his occasional orchestral writing remains beautiful..."102.2861

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Entertainment Weekly (10/3/03, p.72) - "Like its creator...SONGBOOK is uncategorizable....the deepened blues of his aged-whiskey croak sear the dust off classics..." - Rating: A-Q (10/03, p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The solo piano setting - Newman's playing is a revelation - plus more comfortable vocal arrangements work incredibly well..."Uncut (01/04, pp.84-7) - Ranked #39 in Uncut's "Albums Of The Year 2003" - "Newman has been writing acerbic, smart, satirical and outrageous songs for over 30 years."Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...For listeners who get it, these are some of the most powerful songs the rock era has thrown up..."102.2861

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Q (p.125) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Newman carved out an idiosyncratic niche rooted in biting satire and traditional pop structures."Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.116) - "...replaced the orchestra with an Americana rock rhythm section...and the more conventional presentation found Newman a college audience attuned to his wry singularity..."NME (Magazine) (2/14/00, p.42) - 6 out of 10 - "...marked the beginning of his ascent to the rock elite when 'Mama Told Me Not To Come' became a massive hit when covered by Three Dog Night..."102.2861

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Entertainment Weekly (10/27/95, pp.94-95) - "...Newman obviously favors the Devil, and besides playing him, he gets most of the New Orleans shuffles. Eat your soul out, Andrew Lloyd Webber." - Rating: AUncut (6/03, p.113) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There's no denying the quality and bite of the songwriting on display here..."Musician (11/95, p.87) - "...a bit of a mess...but a likeable one....a very modern FAUST--the Devil is kind of personable, Faust is a schmuck, and God just wants to have fun."New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included in Stephen Holden's list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - "...includes his most corrosively funny songs in more than two decades..."89.71632

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Uncut (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] performances that are uniformly affectionate, honouring the material....That makes Randy Newman's 'Blue Monday' a revelation..."Dirty Linen (pp.53-54) - "[The album] showcases a host of great New Orleans talent, while touching on nearly all the great New Orleans styles and featuring a raft of classic songs that have now seeped into the general consciousness but were first Domino hits."0.6518712

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No Depression (5-6/00, p.120) - "...Hangs together from start to finish as a cohesive album....about 'mortality and redemption'....Dixon has not lost a step....Recommended for fans of Randy Newman's crankier side, or Loudon Wainwright III's middle-age melodramas."0.6094474

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Entertainment Weekly (1/8/99, p.67) - "...Some nifty tracks, but as a DJ mix, it makes more sense on screen." - Rating: B0.2159975

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Entertainment Weekly (No. 851, p.99) - "...The album serves as a gratifying reminder of how valid New Orleans' artistic cotributions were, and are--and why the city and its peole deserve to be saved." - Grade: B+Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Trad jazz emanates from Dr. Michael White and the Preservation Hall regulars, while lesser-knowns like Davell Crawford and blues veteran Carol Frank almost steal the show."0.2159975

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Rolling Stone (p.94) - Ranked #36 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "Brooklyn's finest bar band delivers an empathetic portrait of midlevel rockers in their 30s..."Spin (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Constructive Summer' is the sort of people-powered anthem that made them 2005's can't miss band, and the title track meshes Finn's superspecific lyrics with echoes of Randy Newman's 'I Love L.A.'"Entertainment Weekly (p.p.64) - "[With] Finn's drolly rendered vocals and weird storytelling, which make the Hold Steady something you're certain you've never heard before." -- Grade: ACMJ - "Horn sections, intricately plucked guitar arpeggios, Cars-worthy synthesizer squelches and even a talk-box guitar solo all make an appearance..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.50) - "The Hold Steady have style and confidence to spare here, with the title-track even carrying a nod to their hardcore roots..."Q (Magazine) (p.131) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] real craft and dexterity is at work within The Hold Steady's songs, and on this record such things are plentiful in evidence....In Craig Finn The Hold Steady also have a properly great lyricist."Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith STAY POSITIVE, The Hold Steady have intensified the precepts of their songs: the rockers are more rocking, the slow burns more brooding....The performances are both looser and more pointed..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.72) - Ranked #6 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "The Minneapolis via New York quintet became chart stars..."Paste (magazine) (p.78) - "[T]hey've built upon the same monstrous guitar riffs, lyrical witticisms and Springsteeny rock chug they've purveyed since day one, upping the stakes with bigger choruses, even more self-referential/clever lyrical nuggets, and an everyman aesthetic..."0.2031491

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