"Just give me many chances ... time to learn to crawl," sings Rickie Lee Jones on this, her fifth album of new material in 14 years. Clearly, she's had a lot of chances already, and some have paid off big, notably her first two albums, Rickie Lee Jones and Pirates. Here, however, Jones has made a record of what sound like rough performances of musical ideas that might at some point become songs and then, with some work, acceptable recordings. As it is, the record is vague and unfocused, only aspiring to coherence when someone other than the singer/songwriter/producer is heard from, such as on the two songs co-written by Leo Kottke. Too much of the time, Jones sounds like she's singing half-forgotten songs in the calm aftermath of an all-night party, and the result is wispy and fragmentary, even when, on David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," you know there's a real song in there somewhere.
Performance CreditsRickie Lee Jones Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards,Bowed Dulcimer
Leo Kottke Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar
David Baerwald Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Lyle Lovett Background Vocals
Syd Straw Background Vocals
Brian Setzer Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Brad Dutz Percussion,Marimbas,Bodhran,Udu
Alex Acuña Conga,Drums
Sal Bernardi Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Bruce Violin
David Hidalgo Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,8-string Guitar
John Leftwich Bass,Guitar,Cello,Background Vocals
Dean Parks Electric Guitar
Efrain Toro Percussion
Teresa Tudury Vocals
Doug Lyons French Horn
Technical CreditsLeo Kottke Contributor
Rickie Lee Jones Producer,Contributor
Brad Dutz Contributor
Mark Guilbeault Engineer
Stephen Krause Engineer
Julie Last Engineer
John Leftwich Director
Earl Martin Engineer
Joe Gruvtek Seta Engineer
Marnie Riley Engineer
Dary Sulick Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Traffic from Paradise based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Difficult music indeed, but the triphop rhythms on "Tigers", the Joni Mitchell-esque "Pink Famingoes", and a cover of Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" are worth to give it a try... if you like freeform vocalists that is.
I highly rate this album for any fan of Rickie Lee Jones. Some absolute knockouts, such as Stewarts Coat, Beat Angels, Tigers and A Stranger's Car. But not one throwaway. Plus the cover of the David Bowie hit Rebel Rebel.