No One Is Really Beautiful

No One Is Really Beautiful

by JudeJude

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Overview

Jude graduated from college with a philosophy degree -- a usual surefire sign that his pop music would come loaded with cerebral sentiment. Anyone who has listened to their share of Jude's labelmate, Alanis Morissette, knows that dimestore philosophy can be a stumbling block, with self-important lyrics often getting in the way of well-executed sounds and ideas. But No One's Really Beautiful surprises by balancing lofty thoughts with an accomplished production that heightens the tongue twisters this artist is so fond of, while camouflaging the heady themes that run through several of his songs. Case in point: the stellar "Rick James" dances around sympathy for abused women, but the retro-drum track and rollicking, downtown funk guitar, paired with Jude's bubbly delivery, makes sure it steers far clear of preachy territory. Elsewhere, Jude lets the songs play out for themselves, letting sublimely bare arrangements and his often "lovable nerd" voice speak for themselves. On "You Mama You," he sounds like a jubilantly caffeinated Woody Guthrie; with "She Gets the Feeling," he sings about progressing in a relationship with the aggressiveness of Apollo Creed's punches while a muffled percussion loop keeps the mood fittingly smoky around him. This debut proves that Jude's sense of humor and his welcome embrace of pop culture could turn him into a worthy rival of Jewel, albeit thankfully without her weighty dose of pathos.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/1998
Label: Maverick
UPC: 0093624708728
catalogNumber: 47087
Rank: 127458

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jude   Primary Artist
Benmont Tench   Keyboards
David Campbell   Strings
Larry Corbett   Strings
Joel Derouin   Strings
Dennis Farias   Trumpet
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Rami Jaffee   Keyboards
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Paul Kimble   Bass,Keyboards
Clif Magness   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Martin Tillman   Strings
Michael Ward   Electric Guitar
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Stuart Wylen   Bass,Electric Guitar
Dave Stone   Strings
Suzie Katayama   Strings
Jude Christodal   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Mickey Petralia   Drums
Bill Sewell   Upright Bass
Eve Butler   Strings
Ben Kishaba   Electric Guitar
Matthew Funes   Strings
Brian Macleod   Drums
John "Coz" Acosta   Drums,Musician

Technical Credits

Ron Aniello   Producer
David Campbell   Arranger
George Drakoulias   Producer
Clif Magness   Producer
Jude Christodal   Producer
Mickey Petralia   Programming,Producer

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No One Is Really Beautiful 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic album! The lyrics are intense and moving. Jude knows how to write music that makes you FEEL it, not just HEAR it. Be sure to check out his new album, King of Yesterday, due out Sept. 11, 2001.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've had this album for a few years now, and I haven't gotten tired of it yet. I can't (and don't) say that for many albums. The lyrics are pregnant with meaning, and sometimes I find myself thinking in "Jude metaphors" because they are catchy and a lot of times extremely fitting. Vocally, Jude has an incredibly wide range with an enchanting falsetto. Each song is unique, so it doesn't feel like you're listening to the same song over and over again. This album will appeal to people who appreciate talented musicians and clever lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a great cd! I have listened to it non stop for about a year