Randy Newman, Harps & Angels (2008)
I remember being so excited about this – Randy Newman’s first non-soundtrack set of songs in nearly a decade (and I like the soundtracks by the way). But the chance to hear him being funny and satirical once again was tantalising. It was released when I was in Australia on holiday and I bought it the day I returned. I loved it. Straight away. The opening, title track sets it all up. Of course we’d already had A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country as a clue; there was a video for that of Randy playing it and introducing it. So you knew, as a fan, it was probably going to be good. And then Newman did some touring, played these songs live along with back-catalogue gems. And then back to more soundtracks and it was nearly a decade again before another set of songs. I feel like Harps has been forgotten somewhat. I know I have forgotten to play it at times; rectified that recently by buying the vinyl. I really love this album.
Sample Track: Harps & Angels
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