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  • CD (4 août 2008)
  • Date de sortie d'origine: 24 septembre 2008
  • Nombre de disques: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch Variete
  • ASIN : B001AN5BNM
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"Eminente compositor y pianista, Newman es una de las figuras fundamentales de lo que se ha llamado el ""Great American Songbook"", y en este nuevo disco vuelve a mostrar su capacidad para adaptar el clasicismo de la canción americana a una personal visión del cantautor."

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L’anomalie faite chanteur (par la distance, voisine d’un gouffre, qu’il maintient entre le show-business et lui) nous revient, après près de dix années de silence, à peine troublées par quelques rémunératrices partitions pour le cinéma.

Ce ne sera pas vraiment une surprise de constater que notre Américain favori manie toujours avec élégance ce délicat équilibre entre misanthropie, lyrisme, et ironie. Car, qu’il évoque le temps qui passe, donc la mort qu’on frôle à chaque instant, ou les méthodes d’éducation des familles coréennes (vaste sujet), la politique menée par le président Bush – clairement jugée ici comme déficiente – ou même l’élan de solidarité qui a bénéficié à la Nouvelle-Orléans (sa ville natale), après le passage de l’ouragan Katrina, c’est toujours avec une étincelle de persiflage, au coin de son regard de myope.

Continuité également d’un point de vue musical, pour un compositeur qui conserve chevillées à l’âme trois grandes passions : Fats Domino ou la sensualité bonhomme, Kurt Weil pour la dimension théâtrale des mélodies, et Broadway grâce à l’artifice des paillettes, et les sautillements de fausse bonhomie. Blanchi sous le harnais, mais le verbe toujours haut, Newman crée des personnages emblématiques d’une époque – et de ses travers – et leur offre des oripeaux mélodiques, dont il est le seul à maîtriser la synthèse.

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Après neuf ans sans album (BAD LOVE date de 1999), mis à part un CD de reprises au piano de ses plus célèbres titres en 2003, Randy Newman revient enfin avec, selon ses propres mots, le meilleur album de sa carrière.
Il est vrai que HARPS AND ANGELS contient des compositions magnifiques comme le remarquable (et déja remarqué) LOSING YOU, POTHOLES ou, une de mes préférées de l'album, EASY STREET. Les paroles sont toujours aussi critiques envers ses concitoyens américains (KOREAN PARENTS, A FEW WORDS, A PIECE OF THE PIE) mais il ne se ménage pas non plus: ses problèmes cardiaques dans HARPS AND ANGELS, ses trous de mémoire dans POTHOLES et le gap entre les générations dans ONLY A GIRL.
Les arrangements sont somptueux (sont de retour: Lenny Waronker et Mitchell Froom) et Randy Newman se bonifie avec l'âge. Il attribue d'ailleurs la longévité de son inspiration au fait qu'il n'est produit qu'occasionnellement des albums pop depuis ses débuts d'artiste solo en 1968.
Un album majeur donc dans la discographie du bonhomme qui comporte pourtant déja de nombreux chefs d'oeuvre.
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Si vous cherchez le Randy Newman de "You can leave your hat on", "Pants", "I Love LA", "Short People" ou "It's Money That Matters"...il n'est pas sur "Harps and Angels".

Il semble qu'il ait pris le Dixie flyer et évolue donc désormais dans un Dixieland apaisé, loin du rock.

La raison de cette évolution (dans la ligne toutefois de son dernier et désormais lointain "Bad Love") est sans doute expliquée dans la chanson titre (j'ai du mal avec le pompeux "éponyme"). Randy Newman, a frôlé la mort allongé sur un trottoir et il a vu les anges et entendu les harpes (au passage, notons que Dieu parle aussi, français -so chic !).

Retour à l'essentiel, en moins de 35'.

Pour autant, ce qui pourrait passer pour une ennuyeuse uniformité à la 1ère écoute, se révèle au fur et à mesure, d'une formidable cohérence et comme Randy n'a rien perdu de son talent pour écrire des textes drôles, tendres et/ou corrosifs, ce disque devient indispensable (un enfouissement dans les paroles du livret est fortement conseillé).

La mélodie du court "Losing You" rappelle le "Follow The Flag" de "Land Of Dreams", "Laugh And Happy" fait surgir des images d'un Baloo dansant et joyeux et un Randy compositeur de musiques de films.

Le Newman sarcastique est pourtant toujours là : "A Few Words In Defense of our Country" (qui convoque Jackson Browne, Johnny Cougar et Bono), "A Piece of A Pie" et "Korean Parents"...
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Pour les inconditionnelles de Randy, cet album est vraiment très bon (le meilleur depuis des lustres). Tout y est, la pêche, les choeurs à la Randy comme on l'aime.
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cadeau pour mon père, et il aimait déjà cet artiste, alors je ne pouvais pas me tromper!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Newman's Own - Randy Sees the Dark at the End of the Tunnel 7 août 2008
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First, let's get the easy part out of the way - "Harps and Angels" is another great album from Randy Newman. If you like Newman, you won't regret the purchase.

For 40 years or so Randy Newman has been the troubadour of his generation, using razor-sharp wit and a soundscape steeped in Americana that is both the perfect foil for his irony and somehow deeply affecting at the same time. He understands America as it is, skewering its icons while empathizing with its losers. His songs are almost innocent in their underlying yearning for an America that could have been, but wasn't.

"Harps and Angels" continues in the same introspective vein that was so startling in "Bad Love." Newman was in his mid-50s when "Bad Love" was released. "Harps and Angels" catches Randy Newman in his mid-60s. On both albums, the songs are remarkably personal. All but gone are songs like "Birmingham," "It's Lonely At the Top," and "Lucinda," in which Newman uses a central fictional character, whether telling the story in the first person or the third, to make precise, gemlike incisions into the narcissistic confabulation which has become the American dream. In their place are songs that are ruminations by a middle-aged man about himself, the people he knows, and the world he lives in. The tunes in "Harps and Angels" are no less unsparing, insightful and laugh out loud funny than those in "Sail Away," or "Trouble in Paradise," but they are songs written by a man looking back on his life and times, knowing that the end, if not quite in sight, will be here soon enough.

In "Harps and Angels" Newman's awareness of his own mortality is everywhere. The title song is about the near-death experience of someone that could be Newman himself -- "My, heart began to pound, it was arhythmic and out of tune, I lost my equilibrium, and fell face down upon the ground" -- a 65-year-old man walking down the street felled by a heart attack. It turns out that the angels that surround him realize they have the wrong guy -- a clerical error -- and advise him to clean up his ways if he doesn't want to be met by pitchforks on the other side. In the hilarious "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" Newman rails with bitterness that "this Supreme Court is going to outlive me," and makes some choice comments about "two young Italians and a brother" -- Scalia, Alito, and Clarence Thomas. He talks about losing his memory in "Potholes," reflecting that considering his behavior during his life he can only hope that the potholes get bigger instead of smaller -- memory loss as a blessing to a reprobate nearing the end of his life.

But "Harps and Angels" is not a depressing album. As always, going back to his earliest works, he cloaks his disappointment and disgust with the world and the people in it, including himself, in lyrics and music of such wit and humor that we can't help but crack a smile even when Newman is at his most bitter or morose. He damns his own generation for raising their kids in a world where the "Neighborhoods are dangerous, The public schools are bad." But then he offers the All-American easy way out. If you want your kids to excel in school, you don't have to pay more attention to them or work harder yourself, just hire "Korean Parents." Along the way, he takes well-aimed shots at the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots, the notion that John Cougar can be both a huckster for GM trucks and an authentic voice of the working stiff, and whatever else is "grinding his gears" (as Peter Griffin might say) these days.

The music as ever is wonderful. From his trademark, lazy, slow-rolling New Orleans-inflected blues, to the Weimar cabaret music of Kurt Weill, Newman proves once again that he is a master at creating the perfect musical backdrop to add bite or irony or pathos to his songs.

My only quibble with "Harps and Angels" is that it has been almost a decade since his last new album of original songs that are not movie soundtracks. I don't want to wait until Randy is 75 to get his next take on this American life.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Still has arranging flair, but light on the melodies 11 août 2008
Par Eric J. Anderson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I did not expect so many of the songs on this short (34 min.) new offering to be raps -- Newman talks over his piano accompaniment with orchestral embellishment. Newman has used this technique effectively in the past, on "The Girls In My Life" from the Born Again album. The title track is a conversational rap, and it's a complete success. "In Defense of My Country" also works nicely as Newman talks, not sings, his lines.

I can't be as enthusiastic about Easy Street (half spoken, half sung), or "Potholes" (mostly spoken). Nor did I find the melodies on "A Piece of The Pie" or "Korean Parents" particularly appealing.

Lyrically, Newman ruminates on the state of the nation, and some topics related to aging and mortality, love that you appreciate (Feels Like Home) and love that's lost (Losing You). It's sharp stuff, but not as sharp as the old days. Well, what can you expect but a slight mellowing from a Randy Newman who's on the cusp of Social Security?

The orchestration is lovely -- it will take you right back to the classic albums he did in the mid 70's. Laugh And Be Happy sounds a bit like burlesque show music, and A Piece Of The Pie is very theatrical. The other arrangements will sound very familiar to Randy Newman fans -- bringing to mind Ragtime-era turn-of-previous-century fare.

The sound quality is not so lovely. It favors the midrange, the dynamics are compressed. Such is the fashion in audio engineering these days, but it makes Newman's voice more grating and froggy than it should be, and Newman's voice doesn't need any help in that department.

The title track and A Few Words In Defense... are standout tracks. The one that tops them all is the final cut, Feels Like Home. I actually thought this song was penned by Chantal Kreviazuk. It was a bonus track on the American release of her album What If It All Means Something. The song suits her. As a bonus track, the liner notes were silent about the composer. It turns out Randy Newman wrote this for his Faust album, which I have not heard. Coming from the cynical Newman, this heartfelt love song seems out of place in this collection, yet Randy is just as effective singing this unaffected melodious confession as he is raising an eyebrow on American society. Feels Like Home has a classic, anthemic melody (especially anthemic in Chantal Kreviazuk's cover of it) that makes up for some of the lack of melody on the rest of the record.

While the songs on Harps & Angels all amused me as I listened to them the first time, I seriously wonder how many of them I will want to hear again, outside of the standouts I mentioned. That would be my only reservation about purchasing the album. So a final rating of three and a half stars for a record that is never less than good, and sometimes very good. Still, objectively it falls short of five star greatness.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Quite 11 août 2008
Par J. Weinstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Randy Newman gets a three-star head-start for being Randy Newman, but this is an oddly anemic effort. It's billed as an album of all new material, but it's not: "Laugh & Be Happy" was written for the Pixar animators easily 15 years ago in response to the Evil Mouse meddling; "Feels Like Home" is from Faust, also going back close to 15 years now. Several other songs feel like cast-offs from earlier albums/projects. Among those that don't, several of those feel like Randy Newman consciously writing Randy Newman songs, instead of simply writing songs.

Don't get me wrong, that three-star head-start comes with a lot of gifts: intricate internal harmonies, lush string arrangements, and a barbed, rambunctious and often simply hilarious sense of irony, in bold display here to an extent often nodded at but not usually found in such raw abundance on his records (as opposed to live performances).

And there are pleasures to be found here, to be sure, not least of which the twisted "Korean Parents," and the one-sided conversations that serve as bridges in several of the tunes. But if you're licking your chops waiting to get your synapses fired off by 9 years of deliciously marinating Newman tunes, I'm afraid you'll have to settle for a few light appetizers and an entertaining waiter.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A voice of reason in dangerous times 19 septembre 2008
Par Stephen Borrow - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Randy Newman is modern day, singing Voltaire who has turned his prodigious wit on a selection of social concerns that lead him to question whether the best days of the US Imperium are over. His targets here are the more serious offenders: religious humbuggery ("Harps & Angels"), failed political leadership ("A Few Word in Defense of Our Country"), lack of engagement with the serious concerns of our times ("Laugh & be Happy"), social and financial inequality ("Piece of The Pie"), dysfunctional relationships ("Only a Girl"), and parental confusion ("Korean parents"). There are two particularly beautiful ballads on this album that are likely to outlive the ephemeral political concerns of the other material. "Loosing You" is the confession of a middle aged man who has it all, but remains haunted by profound loss. The counterbalance is the wonderfully orchestrated ballad "Feels Like Home". The narrator finds love again after a long respite, returning to a place where he feels a profound sense of belonging. The essence of the song is encapsulated in this beautiful line: "feels like I'm on my way back where I'm from, with your embrace, down a long dark street and a sigh of wind in the night. It's alright, `cause I have you here with me, and I can almost see the dark feels light". Randy Newman is a marvel. I saw him live at the Capitol in Sydney in the late 1970's. For me, at times he projects the persona of a curmudgeon at a pantomime, but his wonderful catalogue belies any misanthropy. He is a great American, but more importantly a citizen of the world, in love with the best the human race has to offer, but vigilant about its failings. May he live forever.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Randy Newman is Back! 15 février 2010
Par Gary Peterson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I always liked Randy Newman back in the 70s. He was something of a cult figure and had a loyal following and I enjoyed his music and had several of his LP records. Then about 1978, I had the opportunity to go to a Randy Newman concert held at the San Diego State Open Air Theater. Well, it turned out to be one of the best concerts I can remember. It was at about the time that "Short People," Newman's only major hit was playing the airwaves, and he drew a capacity crowd (perhaps 4000). Newman walked out on stage, looking somewhat apprehensive, and sat down at the piano under a single spotlight in exactly the same manner as he is sitting on the cover photo of this CD. He played a few simple chords and notes and began singing. I went into a trance. He was so funny that my inner soul was screaming with laughter at his sardonic twisted sense of humor, but the crowd was totally silent. I looked around and everybody was attentively listening and seemed very pleased, but there wasn't a sign of mirth. How could this be?

Well, I guess Randy Newman has a way of getting to me. Strangely, it doesn't happen, or at least doesn't happen as much, in his recordings. But live is something else. Alas, I'd guess that there's little chance of that happening for most of us anymore with him being so busy and such a big name in the movie music business and all the awards. Randy, we miss you. Your latest recording is excellent but please come back for some more live concerts at venues where we can see you and listen to your wonderful songs in person.

"Harps and Angels" is an excellent recording and I enjoy it very much. I'd say it's very much like his earlier recordings. Pleasant listening. Simple, basic piano-dominated arrangements. New Orleans style songs. Funny, twisted lyrics. But, a Randy Newman recording just doesn't get to me the way a Randy Newman live concert does. For those of you who liked his earlier albums, you'll probably enjoy this one as well. He doesn't drop the big one, but it's good listening. If you expect me to give anything less than five stars to Randy Newman, well it ain't gonna happen.

Gary Peterson
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