Harps And Angels - Randy Newman
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  • Summary: The first studio album for the singer-songwriter since 1999's "Bad Love" was produced by Mitchell Froom and Lenny Waronker.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. It remains extraordinary this ability to jump from Tom Lehrer to early Tom Waits.
  2. This is Newman’s most touching, musically rich and consistent record since "Good Old Boys" way back in 1974; and it’s hilarious to boot.
  3. Yet as welcome as it is to have Newman’s acerbic wit back, it remains a singular pleasure to listen to a simple, devastating ballad like 'Losing You,' which is wrapped up in sympathetic strings and absolutely devoid of irony.
  4. 40 years after his debut, the curly-haired songwriter continues to play to his strength: three-minute social commentaries that might sound bitter if they weren't so funny.
  5. 80
    This is Newman’s most unwound album.
  6. 80
    He's still way too fond of show-tune orchestration, and then there's the tossed-off corny stuff, but the orneriness of Newman's now-64-year-old wit makes George Carlin seem like Dane Cook. [Sep 2008, p.120]
  7. It's hard to slate Harps and Angels too much, because the music is actually quite good in places and it's nowhere near bad enough to be a chore to listen to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3