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Ric Ocasek steps in to produce a lush-sounding record for Jonathan Richman, employing quirky keyboards, percussive effects and background vocalists. "Nineteen in Naples" is one of his typical, naive travelogues: "When I was 19, I went across the pond and I found myself in the demimonde." But his charming nasal voice seems to have all but disappeared; it's been replaced with a sort of arty croon, as on the title cut and the dour "Affection." Yet it suits the song treatments, which sound similar to mid-period Talking Heads (!). Still, on "The Night Is Still Young," the "old" Jonathan Richman makes an appearance with one of his trademark shuffles.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsJonathan Richman Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ric Ocasek Keyboards
Edwin Bonilla Conga
Darryl Jenifer Bass
Tom Larkins Drums
Brian Sperber Keyboards
Keren Deberg Vocals
Keren DeBerg Background Vocals
Steph Dickson Background Vocals
Technical CreditsRic Ocasek Producer,Audio Production
Richard Serotta Engineer
Shag Art Direction