Karma

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After nearly ten years of silence, Rick Springfield returned to recording in the late '90s, releasing Karma in the last year of the decade. A lot can happen in ten years, and it's to Springfield's credit that he refuses to ignore the changes while building on his bedrock sound. While it evokes classic Springfield, Karma is certainly the work of a more mature artist. At times, it's a self-consciously mature artist -- the lyrical subjects are usually serious, for instance -- but it's nice to hear him add layers of acoustic guitars and keyboards. That's not to say that he doesn't rock at all on the record, but the majority of the album is, for want of a better ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After nearly ten years of silence, Rick Springfield returned to recording in the late '90s, releasing Karma in the last year of the decade. A lot can happen in ten years, and it's to Springfield's credit that he refuses to ignore the changes while building on his bedrock sound. While it evokes classic Springfield, Karma is certainly the work of a more mature artist. At times, it's a self-consciously mature artist -- the lyrical subjects are usually serious, for instance -- but it's nice to hear him add layers of acoustic guitars and keyboards. That's not to say that he doesn't rock at all on the record, but the majority of the album is, for want of a better phrase, a thinking man's AOR -- music made by an aging arena rocker for his aging fans. And that's the reason why the album works. It doesn't try to recapture the exuberance of Working Class Dog, yet it stays true to that music while being the work of a rocker approaching 50. For longtime fans, that alone makes Karma worth hearing. [Karma was released in America several months after its initial release in Japan. The American edition eliminated the acoustic re-recording of "Jessie's Girl," which was a bonus track on the Japanese disc, but it did contain two new songs -- "Big Beautiful Friday Night" and the spoken "His Last Words" -- that didn't appear on the initial release.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/1999
  • Label: Intersound Records
  • UPC: 015095956125
  • Catalog Number: 9561

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 His Last Words (1:32)
  2. 2 It's Always Something (3:33)
  3. 3 Religion Of The Heart (3:34)
  4. 4 Beautiful Prize (3:56)
  5. 5 Karma (4:20)
  6. 6 Shock to My System (4:43)
  7. 7 Free (4:33)
  8. 8 Prayer (4:01)
  9. 9 The White Room (3:22)
  10. 10 In Veronica's Head (3:52)
  11. 11 Ordinary Girl (3:47)
  12. 12 Act of Faith (5:25)
  13. 13 Karma (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Springfield Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Dobro, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Noise, Sampling, Mellotron, Slide Guitar
Mike Baird Drums
Stan Bush Background Vocals
Bill Drescher Percussion
Lance Morrison Bass
Richard Page Background Vocals
Tim Pierce Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Jason Scheff Bass
John Philip Shenale Hammond Organ
Jack White Drums
Technical Credits
Rick Springfield Producer, Artwork, drum programming
Bill Drescher Producer, Engineer
Brian Gardner Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the best!

    Finally, he's back!! this rick showing his down to earth side. These songs are about life, with realism and spirituality, it's for the more mature fan. No more teen idol stuff here! although I still love the old stuff!! Karma is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's about time!

    The wait is finally over! A new release from Springfield after a ten-year solo recording hiatus (he did record with friends Tim Peirce and Bob Marlett under the group name Sahara Snow) has been ecstatically received by legions of devoted followers who have been waiting on pins and needles for anything from Springfield, as evidenced by the astounding number of collection CD's that have been showing up over the last few years. True to form, Springfield remains one of the most literate lyricists of the rock generation, never writing to the lowest common denominator, while still addressing some very heavy issues (death of a parent, a friend, a spouse, a child, and incest to name just a few). His musical excellence remains solid, and as always, this recording, although definitely Springfield, shows a thoroughly evolved style and maturity. With no need to sell his talent this time around, he can just continue to create some of the best music of the last thirty years. Welcome back, Rick! You've really been missed!

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