Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

by Randy Newman



Randy Newman began the slow process of transforming himself into a polished L.A. song-crafter on the album Little Criminals, and with Trouble in Paradise the metamorphosis was complete; by this time, Newman could make a record just as ear-pleasing as anything Paul Simon, Don Henley, or Lindsey Buckingham could come up with, and proved it by persuading all three to appear on the sessions. But no matter how polished the arrangements and smooth the production, Newman's songs don't sound like they're ready for radio, and he's too bright not to understand that songs about apartheid, self-pitying white bluesmen, and arrogant yuppies are poor prospects for the pop charts. Trouble in Paradise marked the high point of Newman's struggle between pop sheen and his satiric impulses, and the album is a significant improvement over Little Criminals and Born Again. The targets of Newman's satirical gaze are easy to skewer, and his pen is hardly subtle, but the overall tone is more respectful than on Born Again and the results are stronger. The bitter Afrikaner in "Christmas in Capetown" and the egocentric blowhard in "My Life Is Good" have at least earned Newman's disgust, and while many of the character studies ("Mikey," "I'm Different") and vignettes ("Miami," "Take Me Back") take a less than charitable view of their protagonists, like the losers and half-wits that populate Good Old Boys, they're human beings whose flaws reveal a hint of tragedy. And the closing number, "Song for the Dead," is a stunner in which a soldier explains to the bodies he's burying the purpose behind the war that took their lives. While too slick for Newman's core audience, Trouble in Paradise was his most intelligent and best realized work since Good Old Boys, and his finest album of the 1980s.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/1987
Label: Imports
UPC: 0075992375528
catalogNumber: 1050257

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Performance Credits

Randy Newman   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Lindsey Buckingham   Vocals
Don Henley   Vocals
Rickie Lee Jones   Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Paul Simon   Vocals
Jennifer Warnes   Vocals
Christine McVie   Vocals
Wendy Waldman   Vocals
Ralph Grierson   Piano
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Neil Larsen   Piano
Arno Lucas   Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar
David Paich   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Bob Seger   Vocals
Leslie Smith   Vocals
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mark Linett   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer

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