No One Is Really Beautiful [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jason Kaufman
Jude graduated from college with a philosophy degree -- a usual surefire sign that his pop music would come loaded with cerebral sentiment. Anyone who has listened to their share of Jude's labelmate, Alanis Morissette, knows that dimestore philosophy can be a stumbling block, with self-important lyrics often getting in the way of well-executed sounds and ideas. But No One's Really Beautiful surprises by balancing lofty thoughts with an accomplished production that heightens the tongue twisters this artist is so fond of, while camouflaging the heady themes that run through several of his songs. Case in point: the stellar "Rick James" dances around sympathy for abused ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Kaufman
Jude graduated from college with a philosophy degree -- a usual surefire sign that his pop music would come loaded with cerebral sentiment. Anyone who has listened to their share of Jude's labelmate, Alanis Morissette, knows that dimestore philosophy can be a stumbling block, with self-important lyrics often getting in the way of well-executed sounds and ideas. But No One's Really Beautiful surprises by balancing lofty thoughts with an accomplished production that heightens the tongue twisters this artist is so fond of, while camouflaging the heady themes that run through several of his songs. Case in point: the stellar "Rick James" dances around sympathy for abused women, but the retro-drum track and rollicking, downtown funk guitar, paired with Jude's bubbly delivery, makes sure it steers far clear of preachy territory. Elsewhere, Jude lets the songs play out for themselves, letting sublimely bare arrangements and his often "lovable nerd" voice speak for themselves. On "You Mama You," he sounds like a jubilantly caffeinated Woody Guthrie; with "She Gets the Feeling," he sings about progressing in a relationship with the aggressiveness of Apollo Creed's punches while a muffled percussion loop keeps the mood fittingly smoky around him. This debut proves that Jude's sense of humor and his welcome embrace of pop culture could turn him into a worthy rival of Jewel, albeit thankfully without her weighty dose of pathos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1998
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624708728
  • Catalog Number: 47087
  • Sales rank: 229,793

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Mama You (2:20)
  2. 2 Charlie Says (4:19)
  3. 3 I'm Sorry Now (4:22)
  4. 4 Rick James (4:41)
  5. 5 Battered Broken (4:57)
  6. 6 I Do (4:50)
  7. 7 Prophet (4:03)
  8. 8 Out of L.A. (4:00)
  9. 9 I Know (4:34)
  10. 10 She Gets the Feeling (4:26)
  11. 11 George (3:21)
  12. 12 Brad and Suzy (4:37)
  13. 13 The Asshole Song (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jude Primary Artist
Benmont Tench Keyboards
David Campbell Strings
Larry Corbett Strings
Joel Derouin Strings
Dennis Farias Trumpet
Steve Ferrone Drums
Rami Jaffee Keyboards
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Paul Kimble Bass, Keyboards
Clif Magness Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Martin Tillman Strings
Michael Ward Electric Guitar
Patrick Warren Keyboards
Stuart Wylen Bass, Electric Guitar
Dave Stone Strings
Suzie Katayama Strings
Jude Christodal Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Mickey Petralia Drums
Bill Sewell Upright Bass
Eve Butler Strings
Ben Kishaba Electric Guitar
John Coz Drums
Matthew Funes Strings
Brian Macleod Drums
Technical Credits
Ron Aniello Producer
David Campbell Arranger
George Drakoulias Producer
Clif Magness Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Jude Christodal Producer
Mickey Petralia Programming, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wouldn't want to be without it

    I've had this album for a few years now, and I haven't gotten tired of it yet. I can't (and don't) say that for many albums. The lyrics are pregnant with meaning, and sometimes I find myself thinking in "Jude metaphors" because they are catchy and a lot of times extremely fitting. Vocally, Jude has an incredibly wide range with an enchanting falsetto. Each song is unique, so it doesn't feel like you're listening to the same song over and over again. This album will appeal to people who appreciate talented musicians and clever lyrics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    Such a great cd! I have listened to it non stop for about a year

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is one of my favorite albums.

    This is a fantastic album! The lyrics are intense and moving. Jude knows how to write music that makes you FEEL it, not just HEAR it. Be sure to check out his new album, King of Yesterday, due out Sept. 11, 2001.

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