Tonight and the Rest of My Life

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
There's a belief that great art often comes on the heels of personal turmoil. In any case, that seems to be the case for Nina Gordon. In 1998, the former co-founder of Chicago's Veruca Salt found herself simultaneously breaking up with her boyfriend of four years and her best friend Louise Post, with whom she had formed Veruca Salt in 1991. Bouncing back from all this chaos, Gordon went solo with a new stylistic direction. She chose producer Bob Rock -- who had worked with Gordon's former group as well as Bon Jovi, Metallica, and Aerosmith -- to oversee her stunning pop debut at his Hawaiian studio. Aided by a studio crew consisting of former members of Boston's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
There's a belief that great art often comes on the heels of personal turmoil. In any case, that seems to be the case for Nina Gordon. In 1998, the former co-founder of Chicago's Veruca Salt found herself simultaneously breaking up with her boyfriend of four years and her best friend Louise Post, with whom she had formed Veruca Salt in 1991. Bouncing back from all this chaos, Gordon went solo with a new stylistic direction. She chose producer Bob Rock -- who had worked with Gordon's former group as well as Bon Jovi, Metallica, and Aerosmith -- to oversee her stunning pop debut at his Hawaiian studio. Aided by a studio crew consisting of former members of Boston's Letters to Cleo and Los Angeles popmeister Jon Brion who's worked with Aimee Mann and Macy Gray, Gordon's debut has a lush Beatlesque quality on such songs as "Now I Can Die" and "Fade to Black" that brings to mind Susanna Hoffs' self-titled second album. Elsewhere, Gordon balances out the melancholy of "The End of the World" with some rock-'n'-roll crunch and crisp handclaps on numbers such as "Badway" and "Number One Camera," which sound like outtakes of her old band. Judging by this album, the rest of her life looks pretty promising.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nina Gordon departed Veruca Salt, the band she co-led with former best friend Louise Post, in a swirl of anger, allegations, cheats, and general nastiness. Post retaliated by retaining the band's name and releasing the vitriolic, bile-ridden Resolver. Gordon acted like the furor never happened. Actually, the break was even more extreme than that. With an exception or two, she acted like Veruca Salt never happened, hiring Bob Rock -- who helmed the group's last Gordon-Post effort, Eight Arms to Hold You -- as the producer for Tonight and the Rest of My Life, an album that refashions Nina Gordon as an adult alternative pop
ock singer/songwriter, just a little like a fusion of Aimee Mann and Juliana Hatfield. As it turns out, the makeover works very well. Since Gordon always had the melodic instincts and girlish voice, she was better suited for such an overhaul, but what is a surprise is that the subdued yet glossy production, big hooks, and mature attitude add up to a charming little album. That's not to say that it's perfect, there are awkward lyrical turns of phrase such as the whole of "Horses in the City", but that's not unusual for Gordon. But it does work, and it's a real grower, sounding better with each spin; and there are enough hooks and production flourishes to have it return to the turntable. Some might say that producer Rock or sideman and Aimee Mann collaborator Jon Brion have a large part to do with the record's success because they helped make it sound seamless and professional. That's unfair to Gordon. She not only demonstrates a true flair for well-crafted mature pop -- from Beatlesque choruses to country-rock tinges -- throughout the record, but she proves that she's a pretty compelling performer in her own right. Not just that, it's a stronger and more consistent platter than either of Veruca Salt's appealing but uneven records, to boot. In all, it's a far better record than any objective Veruca Salt fan could have hoped for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624774648
  • Catalog Number: 47746

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Now I Can Die (3:07)
  2. 2 2003 (4:05)
  3. 3 Tonight and the Rest of My Life (5:14)
  4. 4 Badway (3:08)
  5. 5 Horses in the City (4:08)
  6. 6 Hold on to Me (4:05)
  7. 7 New Year's Eve (3:28)
  8. 8 Fade to Black (4:07)
  9. 9 Number One Camera (2:58)
  10. 10 Got Me Down (4:05)
  11. 11 Too Slow To Ride (3:49)
  12. 12 Hate Your Way (4:46)
  13. 13 The End of the World (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Gordon Primary Artist, Guitar
Jon Brion Organ, Bass, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, chamberlain
Bob Rock Bass, Guitar
John Webster Organ, Piano, Mellotron, chamberlain, Wurlitzer
Stacy Jones Guitar, Drums
Scott Riebling Bass
Jim Shapiro Guitar, Mellotron
Technical Credits
George Marino Mastering
Bob Rock Producer
Janet Wolsborn Art Direction
Brian Joseph Dobbs Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too Slow To Ride - best song

    I met Nina at Coconuts Music at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago in 2001. I went to the counter to ask what music was playing, the guy pointed to Nina who was standing next to me and said,,, this is her Nina Gordon. She was kind, cute,,,great rear end. As far as the Horses, don't try to read so much into it. She lives in downtown Chicago, where there are hundreds of horses for carrage rides as well as for police patrol. She just thinks that horses look aquard and out of place in a city environment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful!!!

    I love this CD. Nina's voice is so sensual! I bought the CD after only hearing ''Tonight....'' one time! I had to hear more! I was surprised that I enjoyed her music so much. I love ''Horses in the City'', it is a beautiful tune and has deep meaning if listened to carefully. ''Hold Me'' and ''2003'' are also great tunes too!!!! I don't understand why Nina is not a bigger hit among mainstream audiences. She definitely has more talent than most of these other one-hit-wonders. Great CD!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing!!

    I bought this CD because ''Tonite and the Rest of My Life'' is wonderful, but I found the rest of the CD to be quite a letdown.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Absoulute Hit!

    This CD is great! I purchased it after hearing the title track on an episode of The WB 11's television show, The Charmed Ones. Prior to this I had not heard of this artist, however I liked the song Tonight and The Rest of My Life, so much I decided I wanted to hear the rest of what Ms. Gordon had to offer. I was not disappointed. Buy this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this CD!!!!!!

    This Cd is soo cool I love it, I love the song Tonight. I THink every body should have this CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only 4 stars because she's even better than this GREAT effort.

    I don't know about ''Beatles'' influences, but by itself, it is phenominal--except for 'Horses in [whatever]' which in my opinion is an embarrassing listen lyrically. What does it mean? But every other track is performed with emotion and inflection that moves the loins and taps the feet and fingers. Veruca Who? Loved them, but now anybody who doesn't think that the cream has left that project in the lovely and talented form of Nina Gordon is stuck in denial and the mid-90's. Consistent from beginning to end [with the above-noted exception]. I can't wait for her second recording.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing CD!

    I'll be honest, I was driving into work a couiple of days ago and the radio station played a single from this cd, by that nite I HAD bought the cd! Amazing sound, if I wasn't a big Veruca Salt fan I would have never known that Nina had done this cd, this is such a mature sound that she put together. I have nothing but good things to say about the quality of this cd. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD rox!

    I absolutely love this music! I hear ''Tonight...'' once, and it stays in my head the whole weekend. I highly recommend this disc to anyone who loves great music. (And to those who don't mind having a song or two stuck in their head!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love IT!

    I absolutely love this CD!! I was listening to her do an unplugged show on the radio here in Jacksonville, Florida, and I had to find her CD ASAP! Her songs are so different, and they vary on her CD. She has some hard, alternative type songs, then she has sad, yet beautiful songs! I am definitely buying it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    hiya:) i went to nina's acoustic concert type thing (it was at a coffee shop in downtown mpls, to promote her cd, i guess, because it was free), and it was absolutely *AWESOME*!!!! she reminds me of sarah maclachlan in some ways (her mellow stuff) and because she sings so wonderfully live-- just like her cd, unlike other artists that sound awful live. and she was so nice about signing autographs and taking pics with people. i just had a really great time being a ''groupie'' and listening to her sweet, clear, and wonderful voice. i highly reccomend this cd!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very good

    Loved her voice.Lyrics are more mature than VS.

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    Posted October 7, 2010

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