It's Like This

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Crandall
Because everybody seems to be recording covers albums these days, Rickie Lee Jones's It's Like This comes as no surprise. However, for Ms. Jones, who prides herself on being a chanteuse as much as a tunesmith, this is her third collection of interpretations of other artists' works. What's striking about It's Like This is how effortlessly Jones -- also a consummate arranger -- weaves together songs from so many different genres and eras and make them sound as if she's just written them herself. A somber, piano-tinkling version of the Beatles' "For No One" yields to an equally sparse and melancholic take on Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," while Jones' stylish reworking of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Crandall
Because everybody seems to be recording covers albums these days, Rickie Lee Jones's It's Like This comes as no surprise. However, for Ms. Jones, who prides herself on being a chanteuse as much as a tunesmith, this is her third collection of interpretations of other artists' works. What's striking about It's Like This is how effortlessly Jones -- also a consummate arranger -- weaves together songs from so many different genres and eras and make them sound as if she's just written them herself. A somber, piano-tinkling version of the Beatles' "For No One" yields to an equally sparse and melancholic take on Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," while Jones' stylish reworking of Traffic's classic rocker "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" actually makes for an apt predecessor to the My Fair Lady toe-tapper "On the Street Where You Live." Jones also gives jazzy pop reworkings to material by Steely Dan "Show Biz Kids" and Marvin Gaye "Trouble Man", along with some Broadway and Tin Pan Alley classics, while Joe Jackson who duets with Jones on the West Side Story staple "One Hand One Heart", Ben Folds, and Taj Mahal make memorable guest appearances. Like the best-conceived outings from Sinatra and Elvis, It's Like This is not so much a covers album as a Rickie Lee Jones album.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Not since Billie Holiday has there been a vocalist who so completely transforms a song into her own. On It's Like This, eclectic folkie Rickie Lee Jones envelops standards, showtunes, '70s soul, and even slick jazz-rock, interpreting them with her familiar childlike, breathy shouts. In a very similar vein as 1991's Pop Pop, Jones pulls together a collection of diverse songs from throughout the 20th century and gives them a sparse, fragile spin, kind of like Diana Krall and Björk sharing coffee at an all-night diner. Produced by Bruce Brody who has also worked with Maria McKee and Bette Midler, this album is really a showcase for the dynamic vocalist -- her voice pitching and yawing like a sloop far out at sea. Several notable artists scatter themselves unobtrusively throughout the album like Joe Jackson, Ben Folds, John Pizzarelli, and Taj Mahal; each lend a subtle bassline or harmony vocal, cautiously not stepping on any of Jones' delicate lines. Her passionate, earthy version of Marvin Gaye's "blaxploitation" hit "Trouble Man" is as soulful as her cover of the Beatles' "For No One" is pleading, each reaching out to the listener like a whisper from an inch away. Jones' unmistakable style is unlike anyone else's, and that fact alone will turn away some potential listeners; however, for fans of gentle jazz-pop, It's Like This is an intimate, dreamy wander through the songbooks of the last century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Apo
  • UPC: 753088510564
  • Catalog Number: 51056
  • Sales rank: 82,443

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rickie Lee Jones Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Peter Erskine Drums
Alex Foster Saxophone
Carl Allen Drums
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Bruce Brody Organ
Jeff Dellisanti Bass Clarinet
Conrad Herwig Trombone
Rick Marotta Drums
John Pizzarelli Acoustic Guitar
Paul Nowinski Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Rickie Lee Jones Producer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Larry Alexander Engineer
Sidney Arodin Composer
Bruce Brody Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Charlie Chaplin Composer
James Farber Engineer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Rob Smith Engineer
Geoff Parsons Composer
John Turner Composer
Lee Cantelon Art Direction
Michael Love Graphic Design
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