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Living in Oz
     

Living in Oz

by Rick Springfield
 

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Though this was Rick Springfield's ninth album, it seemed like the third to most pop music fans, as it came on the heels of his breakthrough, Working Class Dog, and its successful follow-up, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet. And though this contained as many hits as the aforementioned collections, it isn't

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Though this was Rick Springfield's ninth album, it seemed like the third to most pop music fans, as it came on the heels of his breakthrough, Working Class Dog, and its successful follow-up, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet. And though this contained as many hits as the aforementioned collections, it isn't remembered as quite the same in terms of accomplishment; this may be because it is so personal that it's just not as accessible. Living in Oz is Springfield's response to the dance-pop wave that was just starting to build and would be prominent until grunge announced its presence, as well as his response to the naysayers who wouldn't accept him as a serious musician. Where earlier hits, like "Jessie's Girl" and "Don't Talk to Strangers," were well-crafted pop tunes, on this release he shows an edge and a maturity he hadn't before. By embracing the synthesizers he also shows contempt for, he is able to illustrate how they're changing music and the way fans mindlessly embrace them. This sets up a dichotomy between the coldness of synths and about the need for the human touch -- whether it's with a mistress, a friend, or a father -- as each cut is about the need for that touch or about the consequences of it. Be it of adultery (a sexually charged "Alyson"), youthful dreams of fame (a spare, unsentimental "Me & Johnny"), or his upbringing (the restrained indictment "Like Father, Like Son"), the entire CD is like a confessional, and that type of honesty suits Springfield well as he matures as an artist and not just as a pop idol. Living in Oz ranks among his best.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972404424
catalogNumber:
724044
Rank:
34911

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Performance Credits

Rick Springfield   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Elliot   Saxophone
Michael Baird   Drums
Mike Baird   Drums
Dennis Belfield   Bass
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Mitchell Froom   Keyboards
Gabriel Katona   Keyboards
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Alan Pasqua   Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Mike Seifrit   Bass
John Philip Shenale   Keyboards
Brett Tuggle   Keyboards,Vocals
Dennis Velfield   Bass
Jack White   Drums,Electric Drums

Technical Credits

Rick Springfield   Producer,String Arrangements
Tom Scott   String Arrangements
Danny Tate   Composer
Dennis Belfield   Contributor
Bill Drescher   Producer,Engineer
John Philip Shenale   String Arrangements
Jeff Silverman   Producer
Blaise Tosti   Composer
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction

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