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It's Like This

It's Like This

by Rickie Lee Jones
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
8712177055067
catalogNumber:
922075
Rank:
90090

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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

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Jim Capaldi   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Donald Fagen   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Debbie Gibson   Composer
Rickie Lee Jones   Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Gayle Caldwell   Composer
Walter Becker   Composer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Bruce Brody   Producer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
James Farber   Engineer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Rob Smith   Engineer
Lee Cantelon   Art Direction
Michael Love   Graphic Design

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