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  • Summary: This is the second of three planned volumes of newly recorded piano solo versions of Randy Newman's songs.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. Jul 29, 2011
    100
    Despite the subject matter, this is an invigorating celebration of the joys of great songwriting and proof of the power of one man and his piano.
  2. Jul 29, 2011
    90
    The Randy Newman Songbook Vol 2 is an invigorating celebration of the power of music, and a delicate declaration of the power of one man and his piano.
  3. Jul 29, 2011
    80
    Longtime fans will be pleased, and folks who only know Newman from his film scores will be startled at the depth of the man's body of work, even on a collection with a couple of (relative) ringers.
  4. 80
    Moreover, Newman never sounds more quintessentially Newman than when experienced, as here, alone at the piano, with the lyrical intricacies and ironies of his songs dependent on just his laconic delivery and trenchant accompaniment for their effect.
  5. Jul 29, 2011
    80
    It's sometimes easy to lose sight of the humanity in Randy Newman's songwriting. Some redress is afforded by an album which--as with its 2003 predecessor--sees 67-year-old Newman pare back songs spanning four decades to voice and piano. [Jun 2011, p.92]
  6. Aug 26, 2011
    80
    This collection further substantiates Newman's rarefied status as a songwriter. [Jun 2011, p.93]
  7. Jul 29, 2011
    60
    A pleasing indulgence, then, rather than a necessity. [Jun 2011, p.117]