Good Old Boys is the fourth studio album by Randy Newman, released on 10 September 1974 on Reprise Records, catalogue number 2193. It was Newman's first album to obtain major commercial success, peaking at number 36 on the Billboard 200. The premiere live performance of the album took place on October 5, 1974, at the Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia, with guest Ry Cooder and Newman conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.Wikipedia
More politically complex versions of the songs from Toy Story 2. The worst one. Actually, 4 is the worst one, but I don't consider that to be in the proper film in the series, as it falls outside of Andy's character arch.
I like the potato head the best
The South Park parody of this guy is shockingly accurate. “Naked Man” sounds like Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’s long-lost crackhead cousin.
He might know more slurs than chord progressions but ill be damned if he doesn't have panache
Hearing Randy Newman say the N word is just way too weird. I truly only know him from Disney work, so it's interesting to hear how that's really HIS sound that Disney 100% just latched on to for toy story and monsters inc hahah. His voice, The piano, the brass, carnival-y instruments at times, all of it! It's catchy folk stuff. I like it!
El tema back on my feet again, dije esteee temaaa me suena a otro de una peli animada muy famosa.. y claramente lo es.. Es el que hizo el tema de un gran amigo fiel de toy story. El disco me está gustando mucho. Me sorprendió.
i went into this knowing that it was singer/songwriter focused on satire, politics, history, etc etc. so i made sure to read the lyrics as i listened so that they wouldn't just pass me by like they usually do. sonically this is pretty, but not like, amazing or anything. lyrically, i can see what this is trying to do, and appreciate it (especially on songs like redneck or louisiana 1927 where it's more focused), but overall i think it's a little shallow? quite a few of these songs either don't really have anything to do with the theme at all, or are just sorta silly. maybe i dont have the context required to appreciate naked man and a wedding in cherokee county? if i was rating this on a purely sonic level it'd be, like, a high 7 or a looow 8, but the lyrics alternate between demanding too much attention and not meaning much at all, so to me they just bring the album down! still good, but not great. 7/10
Interesting jump from guy who wrote the Toy Story Music to Rednecks, but still retains the same sound in both sounds. Rednecks is a too long of a convo for this review, but its definitely a song worth listening to, thinking and having a convo about
Pretty cool album, I like the concept, the satire, his voice, and songwriting. Good album
I'm pretty sure it's a generational thing but every Randy Newman song sounds like a movie soundtrack to me. Thanks, Pixar. That said, there's definitely some ground covered here that's not going to find its way into a Disney flick. As someone from the south, I think Newman does a masterful job of skewering the worst of what passes for "southern culture" while showing compassion and understanding for the rest. It feels very authentic to my experience growing up in the south and it's made all the more palatable wrapped in Newman's specific brand of upbeat style and expert delivery.
An inventory of the dirtiest undies in the American laundry basket, arrayed with trenchant humour and rousing arrangements. It's satire that can be called neither scurrilous or mean, simply because it's true. The poor, the rich, the dumb, the educated, the celebrated, and the elected from both sides of the mason-dixon line are implicated in confecting a uniquely American brand of racial and social inequity and iniquity.
Je tenais dans ce review à réagir à la dernière note attribuée par mon camarade d'écoute l'insipide robespierre. En effet, ce dernier a defrayé la chronique en attribuant la simple note de 2/5 au dernier album de Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited. Même si cette note est evidemment choquante, il y a des explications à aller chercher dans l'enfance de rob. Mais laissez moi vous raconter son histoire. Je connais rob depuis maintenant de nombreuses années, comme déjà expliqué dans plusieurs de mes reviews que vous suivez assidûment. Il faut savoir que rob a pendant longtemps tenté de devenir un chanteur du générateur, venant ennuyer tout le monde avec sa guitare de merde. Or, à cette époque, rob ne se contentait que de jouer des reprises de Bob Dylan. La qualité étant vous vous en doutez plus que douteuse, rob n'a jamais percé, et garde depuis cette époque une rancune tenace à l'égard de Bob Dylan, le tenant pour responsable de son échec. Un jour, il m'a même déclaré "Si j'avais choisi de faire des reprises de Hugh Masekala, je serai au moins deux fois plus connu aujourd'hui". J'acquiesai pour ne pas le vexer, en lui demandant de lâcher mon bras par la même occasion. Cette note n'est donc pas représentative de la qualité de l'album de Dylan, elle est seulement teintée de subjectivité et de haine.
Randy Newman est un drôle de personnage, si vous voulez que je vous donne le fond de ma pensée. Comme vous le savez depuis bien longtemps, eltrapeze n'est autre que mon compagnon d'écoute sur ce générateur. Le moins que l'on puisse dire est que je ne l'ai jamais tenu en haute estime. L'anecdote que je m'apprête à vous raconter, je ne pensais jamais la dévoiler. Le simple fait de la rendre publique tournerait l'intéressé en ridicule pour le restant de ses jours. Mais, au vu des attaques qu'il m'a adressées dans sa dernière critique, je suis dans l'obligation de lui répondre. L'histoire remonte à 2015. eltrapeze et moi devons en juin de cette même année passer notre examen final afin d'obtenir le précieux sésame qu'est le diplôme de connaisseur de musique. Hasard ou non, pour la première épreuve, je suis convoqué à 13h15, et eltrapeze à 13h. Lorsque j'arrive ce jour-là devant la salle d'examen, un professeur ouvre la porte et s'exclame : « eltrapeze ?! ». Notre ami tout chétif s'avance et passe la porte avant que le professeur ne la claque. Pour vous donner plus de contexte, l'épreuve en question est divisée en deux : quinze minutes de préparation et quinze minutes de passage devant un jury de quinze professionnels. Le sujet sur lequel nous allons être interrogé fait partie des cinq suivants: De qui Mike Ladd est-il le fils ? Entre Isaac Hayes et Marvin Gaye, lequel des deux est le plus sexuel ? Reproduisez la position signature d'Iggy Pop. Qui est le chef de file du genre homosexual pop ? Mimez sa gestuelle. Le Sujet Mystère. Je me retrouve donc à attendre une quinzaine de minutes avant que la porte ne s'ouvre de nouveau. Une élève que je connais de vue pour l'avoir cotoyée en 3ème baroque-pop sort alors de la salle en larmes. « Robbachelière ?! » s'écrie le professeur, passant sa tête à travers la porte. J'entre alors dans la fameuse salle et m'avance vers le jury qui me tend cinq bouts de papier. J'en pioche un au hasard et le retourne. Il s'agit du Sujet Mystère. Ce sujet est un peu particulier dans le sens où son dévoilement n'est prévu qu'au moment de passer devant le jury. Je m'en vais alors prendre place sur une table du fond de la salle, sors un stylo et commence tout de même à brouillonner quelques notes. « C'est à vous, eltrapeze. » lance alors l'un des examinateurs. Notre ami sursaute et, après quelques secondes de concentration, se lève de sa chaise puis s'avance vers son auditoire. « À mon top, vous aurez quinze minutes pour nous reproduire la position signature d'Iggy Pop. Top ! » eltrapeze parait à ce moment précis complètement déboussolé. Il hésite, se gratte la tête, se ronge quelques ongles ; on souffre pour lui. Il se décide soudain à lever un pied et à tendre lentement ses bras vers le ciel. Une fois stable, il maintient sa position. Les membres du jury échangent alors des regards dubitatifs. « C'est Iggy Pop, ça ?! » lance l'un d'eux. eltrapeze semble totalement anéanti mais ne se démonte pas. Il repose le pied au sol, baisse les bras puis tente une toute nouvelle position. Il écarte les jambes, penche son corps vers l'avant et pose ses doigts sur le bout de ses chaussures. « On parle bien du Iggy Pop des Stooges, hein ?.. Hein eltrapeze ?! » lui crie-t-on. Ce dernier se redresse et laisse apparaître un visage baigné de transpiration. Son corps entier se met soudain à trembler devant l'indifférence la plus totale des membres du jury. Il s'écroule alors sur le sol et se retrouve bientôt baigné dans une flaque d'urine de sa propre provenance. Deux infirmiers entrent alors et débarrassent la salle de son corps inconscient. « Bien, Robbachelière, c'est à vous. À mon top, vous prendrez connaissance du sujet mystère et aurez quinze minutes pour y répondre. Top : Quel chanteur s'est fait connaître en hurlant à la mort après s'être coincé sa coupe mulet dans les cordes de sa guitare électrique en plein enregistrement de son album Nebraska ? » J'esquisse un sourire et réponds avec sérénité : « C'est Bruce Springsteen, bien sûr. » Le jury se lève alors comme un seul homme et applaudit ma réponse pendant les quatorze minutes restantes de mon passage.
keeping the nigels down. you can't go singing about keeping the nigels down in these woke times even if you are doing a sacha baren cohen switcheroo thing. nigels lives matter. this is americas pale imitation of chas and dave.
very cool, toy story man
I do not like Randy Newman.
randy newman says the n word lol
Randy Newman is an amazing songwriter. I was really looking forward to the album. Then that first song came on. And I was like "wait, did he just say what I _HEARD_ him say?" I had to go look up the song and understand the context. I mean "Rednecks," right? Obviously, a song like this would have been different now. Heck, I remember when "Cop Killer" came out by Body Count (remember that pleasant little ditty?). It was not supposed to be singing about killing police, but playing a role. Same kind of thing here for that first track. It's not Newman is singing about being a redneck, but roleplaying. Still it's hard to wrap my head around. And I know it would not have been received so well in today's society. The other songs are classic Randy Newman. It's just that first song will make you pause without context, you know? Still going to give it 5 starts, but yikes.
Loved it. Great lyrics, music. Loved Marie
This album was fantastic! Before today, I had only known Randy's work with Toy Story and Monsters Inc. This album strayed from that quite a bit with the first song!! Redneck is the first song on the album, and is sung from the perspective of a racist from the southern US. The N-word comes out a few times, which shocked the shit out of me, given all I knew of Randy. Redneck was an amazing song that was a sadly true glimpse at the state of things in the southern US in the 70's. Randy is such a fantastic storyteller. He had such a way to paint vibrant pictures with his lyrics. Through his lyrics he spins storys complete with humour, love, and political issues. I thoroughly enjoyed this album today, and will definately listen again! Favourite songs: Back On My Feet Again, Redneck, Louisiana 1927, Birmingham, Kingfish, A Wedding in a Cherokee County, Naked Man Least favourite song: Every Man A King 5/5
decent, didin't expect egregious N-word, but i digress
Liked it more than I thought I would
Shows off his charm as a songwriter
I like Randy Newman. He's not my favorite but it's easy to listen to.
I've got a few of his albums. This one is wild! Rednecks is, accurate, hilarious, and sad all at the same time. This is the first gem to get uncovered by 1001 that I didn't already know about.
Well "Rednecks" is one way to start an album. That was insanely jarring coming form the voice of "You got a Friend In Me." Obviously satire and a damning view of racist American thinking but its still a curious choice. I did think it was interesting to see Newman's love/hate relationship play out with his childhood homeland of Louisiana in songs like "Rednecks" vs. "Louisiana 1927" and "Kingfish." It seems his composition style hasn't changed much over the years, and I don't blame him. His style is signature and recognizable and it works especially well for his country drawl voice. I felt that this album had a really cohesive vision and executed it perfectly, and even though a lot of these songs sounded the same I think that let the vision of the work come through crystal clear.
So I finish my review of Beau B with the words "Good Ole boys" and 5 seconds later see the title of this album. First couple of songs have me saying "Fuck Yeah!" When I heard Birmingham I couldn't help but think this is what Tom Waits would sound like if he didn't drink or smoke. There are many brand names playing on this album. I did a double take when I saw that Randy Newman also conducted the orchestra. This good ole boy knows music better than most and it shows. Funny thing is a friend came over and said it sounds like a song from the movie Toy Story. Correctamundo!
The relax and chill album with simple and pretty song texts.
This was a really enjoyable album that I had a lot of fun with. I haven’t listened to much Randy Newman, but I could see liking him.
Never heard this side of randy before. The use of the N word in the first track was quite a shock. Very original album.
The first song being rednecks is kinda wild. Obviously an important thing about this album is that Randy Newman writes from the perspective of a shitty person or people, not his own views. I think the album was really weirdly good honestly.
really easy listen
Really good...refreshing Wasnt really into in 70's...but I knew some cool folk who were
This is a super interesting concept album. The backing tracks sound great and they easily evoke the emotion they're going for. However, the lyrics are what make this album unique as most of them are from the viewpoint of a white guy from the Deep South. The narrator (or narrators) generally don't seem like agreeable people, and this creates a great dichotomy between the political lyrics and soothing music. Although this isn't an album that I would listen to casually, it's still worth a listen. Favorite track: Marie
Risky language for 2021, but the message stands
Wow what an jntelligent, witty engaging listen this album is. Randy Nrwman" pop sensibilities are finely honed. I just wish there were less string arrangements which I feel sweetens things up too much, but it's always tastefully done and serves the song well. 4.5 🌟
Certainly a controversial album. If you know Newman then you know what this album is going to sound like - the difficulty for some is recognising that he sings as a different characters in each song. Best Tracks: Rednecks; Guilty; Back On My Feet Again
Damn. Randy Newman is a great lyricist and composer. I always thought of him as the piano playing Kenny Loggins for all his movie scores but it's good stuff. I really enjoyed the wit and bite in his lyrics. Rednecks could never be written now but what a commentary on both the North and the South. I also really liked A Wedding in Cherokee County and Guilty. Not sure exactly what it is about his voice and piano that works, but it mixes well.
Folk-rock con piano. Está bien.
This was a nice surprise. I only knew Political Science of his songs and didn't expect this to be so good. I couldn't believe the lyrics in the first song. I listened to the whole thing twice in a row
I know Randy from his film scores. Pretty good album!
I need more time to.lusten to it. I think I like it.
27th January 2022 Listened while going to and from the gym mainly. Love the simplicity, humour and warmth. 4.5 if I could.
Definitely an important work. A lot of times the lyrics, while simple, are deeply profound. There is a point though where you can get too much Randy Newman. All the songs start to sound a lot alike and a lot like every other Randy Newman song. This is one of those albums where I'd listen to the whole thing if it was on, but I probably wouldn't go seek it out.
Country for the working class! Prefs: Rednecks, Birmingham, Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man), Louisiana 1927, Kingfish, Naked Man, Back on My Feet Again Moins pref: Marie
pretty cutting stuff for 73.
Newman manages to cast such simple music in a socially critical setting. Love it (7/10) FT: Louisiana 1927, Birmingham, Mr. President
I love that Randy Newman largely eschews rock and roll for a more timeless sound. I consider him one of the most sophisticated and intelligent songwriters in all of music. He is able to examine and reflect on US history (as well as contemporary life) in a way that makes it seem so natural and compelling as a subject. He can also write these incredibly intimate songs about human relationships, or even just particular mindsets, that touch these uncomfortable places in a way that is painful but honest (and often funny). His details are so fleshed out and human - flaws and all. He is able to embody the complexity of so many characters so convincingly that it's uncanny. I think his folksy vocal style is his secret weapon. It's so effortlessly expressive that I find it relatable even if he's playing some asshole character (as he often is). This album is a remarkable achievement in creating a portrait of a place and the people in it. I can listen to it over and over.
A good album, and I got the sense from listening to it that there's a lot to unpack and uncover. I have to admit it's hard to hear a white guy say the n word so many times in a song. Of course 50 years changes us, so benefit of the doubt. I first heard about "Rednecks" on Malcolm Gladwell's podcast, he does a good job explaining and analyzing the song (the episode of Revisionist History is called "Good Old Boys"). Besides getting a little hung up on that, I think there are some great songs here and an interesting concept for an album, the Johnny Cutler everyman southerner idea.
I think it was a good album, with lyrics that really paint a picture. “Guilty” was an awesome song, and “A Wedding in Cherokee County” was very entertaining. Political statements were not over bearing but we’re obvious enough. “Kingfish” was a completely correct description of some of the towns in Louisiana, New Orleans included, at least prior to Katrina. This album was wiser than it’s getting credit for.
Love Randy newman. Love this record
language is problematic now, but at the time ...
Instantly recognisable. Distinctive voice, piano high in the mix. It's all pleasant and comforting, somehow familiar even on tracks never previously heard. There's nothing not to like, but it's not for me. Being so distinctive had its downsides - It all sounds like 'You've got a friend in me' from Monsters Inc.
Was really surprised how good this was.
The shine could wear off this one, but it's exactly in an uncomfortable vein of music which is extremely valuable. The vignettes on Good Old Boys don't form a single narrative, but they stretch across multiple songs. Newman's voice is Disneyfied, now, and that casts a pall over everything. But the South of the record is a particular one, with significant authenticity. Few melodies, a lot of words, but so many colors.
Don't tell my friends, but I love Randy's N-word album!
Well... This is the most offensively thoughtful album I've heard in a long time. I'd vaguely heard that the Toy Story guy had this in his ouevre but wasn't prepared for this. The sad thing is, it's as relevant today as it was at its release. You don't want it to be, but it is. This review space is too short to get into a debate on what should and shouldn't be said, and by whom, but this album makes a strong case for less policing of speech.
Another fantastic album from Randy Newman that is steeped in American history and explores difficult subjects with his trademark caustic sarcasm. The album opens with “Rednecks” which is VERY confronting. The topic would be tackled in a different way today but the lyrics are clearly spoken by a character tied to a very specific event and time in the past. Like all of Randy Newmans lyrics they tackle the issue effectively and are full of hidden meaning. Unless you lived in America in the 70s and have a good memory of US political events at the time, it really helps to have wikipedia open whilst listening to this album to get the most out of it! 😂 I would like to give Randy Newman himself a 5 but I think the 2 albums on here fall just short of a 5 for me because although I enjoy interpreting and reading up about the songs and I do find them enjoyable to listen to I feel the actual music, is somehow secondary to the lyrics. 4/5
Oh! Randy Newman! The Toy Story guy! This will be a lighthearted romp through stories of friendship! [30 minutes later] Gosh. Well. I didn't expect that. Absolutely vicious lyrics.
Part satire of, part sympathy for its subjects, Newman walks a complex tightrope not always with success. For example, if you could listen to Rednecks and sing it as an anthem about yourself, surely the inherent criticism within the satire has failed? And surely there are people proud to stick it to the northern liberal elite by ‘keeping the n-words down‘? Notwithstanding that even in the same song, Newman can’t help but point out the ghettoisation of blacks in northern cities and the conditions in which they live is hardly the success liberals pretend it to be, thus giving further cover to the Redneck racist pride. And if you have to add further songs such as Louisiana to try and explain what you actually think then maybe reconsider what you said in the first place… Newman’s music is sublime throughout, though, taking bluesy roots and New Orleans jazz to concoct an often jovial soundscape in contrast to dark subject matter. And fair enough he wants to explore these subjects and make the audience give some thought to them.
De eerste keer dat ik een heel album van Randy luister. Mijn introductie tot de man kreeg ik in de voorstelling 'Jan Rot zingt Randy Newman', en in vertaling en met de uitleg van wijlen Jan kreeg je een beeld van wat Newman eigenlijk voor muziek maakt. Nogal ironische teksten op dit album. Het luistert dus het beste om even te teksten te googelen en mee te lezen. Vaak zingt hij in de eerste persoon namens een ander, meestal rechtse types uit de zuidelijke staten van Amerika die hij zo te kakken zet (zie al het eerste nummer, We're rednecks). Louisiana 1927 gaat over een watersnood (had vertaald moeten worden als Zeeland 1953?) De eerste drie nummers zijn door Jan Rot vertaald als Mooi Drenthe, Roosendaal en Marie. Aanrader om die nog ff te luisteren, en in één moeite door het hele album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjGd-htIels&list=OLAK5uy_l4S8eDOxnTTV66G6QVFEoagUEYRisBZ78
Not just a soundtrack singer. Who knew?
J’ai adore l’ecout et bien aime. 4
I really like Randy Newman - but you need to read up on the inspiration for some of these songs to really appreciate them.
Good fun.... unfortunately his voice is intrinsically linked to kids films though!
This was a pretty good album. I was shook when he straight up said the N word in the first song, but I understand it was for parody. Otherwise I thought it was a nice country concept album.
Very Randy Newman, Very in character as the southern 'good ol boy' - no major standouts, opening song had some shocking language for modern sensibilities even if in character.
Fitting for the times
I've never known what to think about Randy Newman, he's got a very distinctive voice and style but I find him a bit repetitive. His satirical songs can be a bit hard to understand what he's actually satirising but maybe that's just a time culture difference. For example his 'Rednecks' song just seems to be 'Indon't like Rednecks so I'll pretend to be one in this song'
Randy Newmanista tuli nimen ja yleisfiiliksen perusteella ensimmäisenä mieleen pickupilla ajeleva countrymies. Jonkinlaista americanaahan tämä onkin, mutta paljon ruotsinlaivamaisemmalla fiiliksellä kuin oletin. Heti ensimmäisen biisin aikana kyllä kiinnitti huomiota satiirisiin lyriikoihin. Ei ihan minun kuppi teetä ole tämä, mutta ei sinänsä häiritsevääkään. 2,5 olisi oikea arvosana, mutta annetaan armoa tällä kertaa.
Nice album to listen to.
Asså, det e fett mysig country, kände direkt igen musikstilen och rösten från You Got A Friend In Me från Toy Story. Men allt detta användande av N-ordet i flera låtar, främst i Rednecks? Låter hemskt om man inte vet vad han snackar om. Ahja, läste på lite nu, och det ska vara satir, och handla om fördomar mot just Rednecks, att dom e så rasistiska, och hyckleriet i att "dom i norr" är så snälla mot mörkhyade, men även om de gjorde mörkhyade fria har de nu låst in dom i ghetton istället. Lite spännande kanske. Oavsett, mysig country.
Little too much n word by Randy on that first song, amazing vocals, decently funky, enjoyable 3.3
it was ok, not a big Randy Newman fan outside of the Toy Story and popular stuff, this album didn't really change my mind, but did have some good songs on the album.
Famoso por sus canciones en las películas de Pixar aquí podemos escucharle en su disco del año 1974 quedando claro que ya era un compositor y cantante increíble. Y con un humor en las letras que hoy lo mismo no podría permitirse.
\"You've got a friend in me\" singer
Wow he's not too subtle in the first song, it sounds ripe for a Lynrd Skynrd rebuttle. I like the idea that he's singing about issues in the deep south and political issues in the US in general and has devoted a full album to it. He's got alot of songs in him and it seems like he could go on all day, but he's limited by his delivery - especially on this album - which is why I guess others have taken his songs and had success with them.
I’ve always liked Randy Newman's southern drawl of a voice and mellow stylings. I also knew he often pushed the edge on lyrical content, but I was not ready for “Rednecks”. I actually rewound the song the first time he dropped theN word, as I thought I must have misheard it. Even back in the early 70s this must have been pretty controversial - it ended up being a good history lesson for me, as I researched Lester Maddox and the eta a bit on Wikipedia. Rest of the album pretty good.
Bang average, probably
It's like listening to Toy Story and since that's my only association with Randy Newman, I don't think I can really see past it as music I would listen to outside of that context. Nothing wrong with it. But a little sappy and all kind of sounds like You've Got a Friend in Me. The un-ironic title of "Good Old Boys" admittedly didn't really make a good first impression either.
Very interesting album. Couldn’t believe the boldness of the lyrics on the first track.
Bit weird that anti racist is also the Disney song writer
Gotta be careful with this one. Very vibey. Whiskey vibes
Me gustó just enough para terminarlo.
Sounds like it was produced by Disney
It's not the Toy Story sound track but it's alright I guess. Has some provocative lyrics...
Buen disco, con ese estilo clásico que te transporta al igual que su voz, a las películas de Toy Story.
Dit vind ik leuk. Muzikaal een luchtig album, totdat je de tekst goed beluistert.
Leuk muziekje. Maar hoor ik dat nu goed? Rednecks en niggers? Ik weet niet of ik wil weten vanuit welk perspectief het eerste nummer geschreven is. Muziek blijft leuk. De rest van het album is eigenlijk ook heel verrassend. Nog nooit van Randy Newman gehoord, maar ik denk dat deze artiest wel potentie heeft om bekend te worden. Dit is een leuk album, beetje Billy Joel stijl, maar voor mij niet meteen een klapper. Het is lekkere muziek op de achtergrond, maar er is niet een nummer dat me echt opvalt. Bij het nummer "Louisiana 1927" ga ik me zelfs een beetje irriteren aan de uitspraak van het woord Loe-wieee-sie-enna. ***
Kinda weird that this is the person who made the Toy Story and Monsters, Inc soundtracks, but all around it was alright. I like the satire in the first song, but beyond that it kind of peters out to be an average country album for me. Highlights: 1, and 11.
I enjoy Randy Newman's schtick, but it really is just a schtick. I can't believe he has 2 (if not more!) albums on this list. A lot of these tracks are funny. Rednecks and Naked Man had me cracking up.
Randy Newman -thank you for your service. My third and final wish is to set you, and us all free
sounds like Toy Story
Musically it's ok, lyrically however it's great. Amazing satire with some catchy tunes in the background.
I don't really love this. This style of songwriting reminds me of Elvis Costello and for some reason I can't jive with that. The last two songs are really good though, and I think musically this is nice, so those save it from two stars.
Didn't know he was that radical. Still not a fav.
Un álbum con buen concepto, muchas buenas canciones. Definitivamente no sufrí durante todo el tiempo que estuve escuchando el álbum. Tres estrellas, lo mínimo que se merece (:
Toy Story takes place in the deep south and Woody is a redneck
Really enjoyable. All songs sound very similar and all sound similar to Toy's Story OST. Nevertheless a good album to relax in the evening with a glass of wine.
Funny, did not get through the whole album.
Its okay i guess. Did not really captivate me
Tranquilo de escuchar. Buena voz. No conocía al cantante.
Soul. Un poco aburrido.
Doesn't every Randy Newman album sound like the last one you listened to?
I guess it’s fine? Who listens to it?
Nice, pleasant music...but it's a good thing I paid attention to the lyrics, because I definitely don't want to play "Rednecks" for the kids. Hey, kids, here's the guy who sang the theme from Toy Story! Oops. Powerful lyrics in that song, but oof. I heard Louisiana 1927 before - that was probably my favorite song, maybe since I was familiar with it. It's a good album, but not something I need to hear again.
Uniquely his with some nice songs, but the swingy country just grates on me something fierce.
I see why Disney brought in this guy, but the songs don't mean anything to me now. I like his voice but they all just started to sound the same.
Enjoyed this one. Sounds pretty dead on what I expected when I saw it was from the guy who did songs for Toy Story. That being said, it is VERY jarring to hear the Toy Story guy drop numerous hard R N-words. I understand it's a satirical thing and he's "playing a character," but yikes. From what I can gather people don't seem to have a ton of issues with it, Randy isn't cancelled (at the time of writing at least), so I don't feel the need to bash him for it. Music was good. Maybe don't listen to "Rednecks" with the windows down.
3, sin más.
All I can hear is Pixar Toy Story music or that Family Guy episode when listening to ole Randy. Mr President is an apt present day theme song. Guilty is an awesome song (especially when Bonnie sings it).
I had to look up the lyrics for Rednecks just to make sure I was hearing it right.
Second one from Randy Newman. I enjoyed this one, concept and lyrics are very good, but I guess I prefer the other one I listened better (Sail Away). Still a good album tho.
This version of Randy Newman I have a little less love for. Musically it’s a bit monotonous, and the lyrics get snarled in the writer’s sense of looking down from a position of such superiority. There’s an unpleasant smirk lingering under it. I feel like Newman settled out to a subtler version of a similar music and message later.
Ok. Newman wants to sing the first song from a redneck's perspective but c'mon man, you know a bunch of bigots loved this song, even with the lines that take a jab at them, it will just be bypassed. I don't think its effective, but I could be wrong. Regardless it has left a sour taste in my mouth. Maybe you get it more once you realize he is also Jewish but idk maaaaaan. Regardless, not my style but he's clearly talented. I mostly know his voice from You Got a Friend In Me.
Randy put that one first because he wanted everyone to hear him say it
Certainly sounds like Randy Newman
Instrumentally this has a deep south laid back roots based sound which wouldn't sound out of place in a diner or roadhouse in the USA. Vocally Newman is limited but he's a decent songwriter and his persona comes across. He clearly has a lot to say but his slurry singing style often makes the sardonic lyrics (on things like poverty, slavery and racism) incomprehensible. But with an explanation, the songs are thought provoking.
I appreciate what he's doing on a deeply satirical level, but can't say it moved me. Probably because I was only six at the time it was released. Only reason that matters is I think living through the cultural context that was the nourishment and source of clear inspiration for this album matters on some level. What I did like was the clear musical sophistication and quality song craft apparent on the majority of the songs. Favs were Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man), Guilty, Louisiana 1927, Kingfish, Naked Man, A Wedding in Cherokee County, Back on My Feet Again, and Rollin'
just average to me.
My millenial ass (born in mid '90s) did a fucking double take with those lyrics on track one. What a way to start the record. Other than that, it was musically fine, if a bit borderline...boring, almost? I don't know if there really wasn't that much to offer or if I just need to try this one again.
Warm feelings, fun piano tunes. Reminds me of Toy Story.
Dropped the N bomb. Was OK otherwise.
Randy Newman can be a tough putt for a lot of people. Sometimes I think he's going for shock appeal more than anything. I find a lot of his songs to be brilliant, although I hate his soundtrack work. Overall this has moments, particularly the song written by Huey Long that features members of the Eagles. And I'm all for anyone sticking it to rednecks. Just don't put this album on if you're expecting to get laid.
A bit repetitive but it's nice, bring back this 70s style of anti-racism tbh, Ibram X. Randy fr Strong 3
Niet zo gek van dit album, maar wel ok
Looking at the global reviews for this album it is clear that media literacy is pretty low. Satire still can’t save this album from being somewhat boring. 6/10
6/10. Interesting social commentary, but not great music.
PSA to read about this album a bit before listening. It’s meant to be commentary on some societal issues. This album is not bad but not great either. I appreciate what Newman is doing with his lyricism in regards to the working class man in American and life in the poor south, but there were times I felt like the lyrics sounded very “cocky white man” that I couldn’t genuinely enjoy the music.
"There Is a Snake in My Boot!" How can you listen to this man and not think about woody and buzz all the time. A voice that remind me so many great memories, but other than that it's not that special. Every song feel the same.
its like a grown up version of toy story soundtrack/
My goodness that's jarring. Otherwise it's Randy Newman, who I've always had a bit of an inexplicable soft spot for.
Very unexpected to hear the guy from Toy Story using the n-word so liberally! Rest of the album is still not like anything I knew from him before, but not quite so startling.
Surprisingly very good. Not my style but not bad at all
Pretty solid album, love hearing the guy that sings you've got a friend in men say the n word while making fun of rednecks. 70s were a different time
I think he’s great but I don’t feel like I need a whole album.
Randy Newman is a good singer and his songs are good. Mark Knopfler has some featuring with him with "It's money the matters".
Rednecks was really good and unfortunately still relevant. The album is enjoyable enough and many of the songs have some social commentary which explains the relevance to the list.
A biting sense of satire on many tracks ("Rednecks"). Some amazing string arrangements on others ("Guilty"). Randy Newman sure has a way with music *and* words. But for now, the whole thing is still a little too one-note for me. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: more than 800, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: approximately a half so far Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter
OK, I have to give it up to him... pretty good songwriting and memorable melodies. Enjoyed this way more than I expected, while being just as startled by Rednecks as everyone else. Worth a listen!
Best Song: Rednecks. Imagine my surprise when Mr. Toy Story kicks the album off with liberal use of the N word. And it's funny, while still being listenable? Sign me up. Worst Song: Marie. Too slow, too conventional. Overall: Newman really shows his creativity here. Most songs tell a story, and most of those stories are interesting and unlike the standard material sourced for song lyrics. I didn't expect this level or sarcasm and satire. His unconventional voice is also pleasant to hear. Unfortunately, too many of the middle tracks eschew that creative energy for fairly standard love songs.
• God damn I was caught off guard by the topic of Rednecks • It’s interesting that his sound is identical to the sound of his Toy Story soundtracks, just with more politically charged lyrics • This album suffers from a lot of songs sounding similar, though most of them have at least one unique element to alleviate that • The overarching theme of the album is very melancholy, which suits his vocals very well Favourite song: Naked Man
An extremely concerning album if you don't know that there's satire going into it.
Interesting to hear this guys songs that are not for Pixar films. Glad i listened.
Lester Maddox was quite the piece of work, it seems. Without passing judgement, interesting to read that Bobby Lee Fears, once of the Ohio Players, formed a twosome (gruesome qualifier subjective. perhaps.) late in the day. As for the album. I'm not going to say that it is irony free, but it does strip the joke down to its bare bones. That aside, one has to applaud Mr Newman for his resistance to change over the years. If it works, why change it? Actually, I'm being a bit unfair. For good or for bad, everyone knew who Lester Maddox was, and was able to make up their mind accordingly. Free world, freedom of association, etc. (yes. I know that Maddox went to extreme lengths to ensure that the only black folk in his diner were his workers. No, I'd have never stepped in it, even if I could. yes, I would judge anyone who, in full possession of the facts, did so. Yes, there is a powerful element of inequity and a lack of fairness in the story. But yes, so it is in many other aspects of life, many of which we cannot/choose not/simple do not engage with. We should always work towards fairness. Even in the full knowledge – particularly in the full knowledge – that we will *never* get there. Ever.) Did I like this album? No... Would I turn it off if it popped up unexpectedly? No. Do I remember anything at all of it? No. But all of this is me, not anyone else. Three stars again, but out of indifference (indifference of the most positive kind, mind)
Vermakelijke teksten op een blij pianootje
Ok-ish album, a bit boring. 2,5/5
I know these songs well. Don't need another run through of the album and I don't think they've really aged gracefully.
Gotta admire this guys songwriting and especially the lyrics but tbh I don't find it that easy to listen to. There's quite a lot of politics going on here. Some basic piano some lush orchestration so it does bear repeated play .....its just so....serious. Maybe it means more if you are American? 3
I have not listened to very much of his music at all, so I'm glad this album came up in the rotation. I like some of the tracks. I'm not wildly into it, but I can tell he's an interesting songwriter and writer.
Some really good writing and Americana sound. Honestly mostly shocking to hear Randy Newman singing the N word.
A nice vibe, and I like the anti-racist, America-critical lyrics. But it gets very samey, and it is downright jarring to hear Mr. Pixar Songs singing the N-word.
Alright, not bad. Though I found Rednecks a little off-putting. It's all mostly good and I liked a bunch of songs, but the songs seem forgettable. I love Randy Newman's sound, but I didn't really feel a connection with this album overall.
Ok, not the best
That voice is not for me
Nice relaxing, some good songs but nothing special.
Really find his voice irritating after a while. Some of the lyrics are quite sneery as well
Disney music. Not unlistenable but gets old quick
Pretty dated. Not a huge piano guy, the way Randy is. Randy really loves the piano. And his voice is goofy.
I believe Randy Newman got better as the years went on.
goofy ass music.. meh.
I struggled to escape the images of Pixar films the entire time. I imagine there was some good song writing there. I think Randy can stay in films in my mind, I don't think I'll listen again
Not even a chance...
Easy listening typical Randy Newman. Not really my thing but was nice though almost every song sounds the same. Quick album to get through. 5/10.
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I actually think Randy Newman is crap but our strong childhood association to toy story makes us like his voice.
If like me you thought Randy Newman was just that soundtrack bloke, I've included a short summary of his life from a website called Wikipedia. We can all learn together. Learning is fun. As for the album, the album is fine. Ironically, most of it sounds like it should be on some movie soundtrack or other. "Randall Stuart Newman (born November 28, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, arranger and composer known for his Southern-affected singing style, early Americana-influenced songs (often with mordant or satirical lyrics), and various film scores. His best-known songs as a recording artist are "Short People" (1977), "I Love L.A." (1983), and "You've Got a Friend in Me" (1995), while other artists have enjoyed more success with cover versions of his "Mama Told Me Not to Come" (1966), "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" (1968) and "You Can Leave Your Hat On" (1972). Born in Los Angeles to an extended family of Hollywood film composers, Newman began his songwriting career at the age of 17, penning hits for acts such as the Fleetwoods, Cilla Black, Gene Pitney, and the Alan Price Set. In 1968, he made his formal debut as a solo artist with the album Randy Newman, produced by Lenny Waronker and Van Dyke Parks. Four of Newman's non-soundtrack albums have charted in the US top 40: Sail Away (1972), Good Old Boys (1974), Little Criminals (1977), and Harps and Angels (2008). Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer. He has scored nine Disney-Pixar animated films, including all four Toy Story films (1995–2019), A Bug's Life (1998), both Monsters, Inc. films (2001–2013), and the first and third Cars films (2006, 2017), as well as Disney's James and the Giant Peach (1996) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). His other film scores include Ragtime (1981), The Natural (1984), Awakenings (1990), Pleasantville (1998), Meet the Parents (2000), Seabiscuit (2003), and Marriage Story (2019). Newman has received twenty-two Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories and has won twice in the latter category, contributing to the Newmans being the most nominated Academy Award extended family, with a collective 92 nominations in various music categories. He has also won three Emmys, seven Grammy Awards and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy. In 2007, he was recognized by the Walt Disney Company as a Disney Legend. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013."
Why do squirrels gather at cemeteries? Are all squirrels goths?
If I wanted to listen to him, I’d watch toy story. End of
Its decent as a satire album lyrically, but my god its boring. I swear if you've heard one Randy Newman song, you've heard them all
I like his wits, but bar few exceptions I don’t like Randy Newman’s music.
One of the best albums, really? He dropped so many n bombs on the first track
Don't understand why it's so well received. Maybe it's an American thing.
an okay start. look at me liking country (?). kinda sounds like the toy story song around 0:50 lol. okay so this happened: heard the n word, thought huh were slurs THAT acceptable in the 70s he said it so casually too, clicked on his profile and bam he made the toy story song. it's been less than 2 minutes. second song started. OH so are all songs going to remind me of toy story lol. things are mostly going over my head probably as i'm not that knowledgable in american history to get most references. a ballad now. ugh i'm bored. songs are pleasant enough but i can't wait for this to be over. at least it's shorter than you'd think given the amount of songs. it's always fun to see certain parameters align with today's trends, like song lengths here, these short songs are perfect for the streaming era lol. what the hell is naked man about lol. bizarre. it's the closest thing to a pop song so far too. well it's over, it was a bit of an interesting listen but i'm not coming back to this baybe.
If you've heard \"You've Got a Friend in Me\", you've heard the entirety of this album*. I'm in no rush to hear Randy's other album on the list (why on Earth are there two here?!). *Apart from the song where he straight up drops the n-word half-a-dozen times. I don't remember that in Toy Story.
I can see it as a good album of the genre, but completely not my thing unfortunately
Cheee... esto se parece a las canciones de Toy Story. Ah, ¿es el mismo man? Mirá vos. Qué sé yo. Anda bien como album para tener de fondo. 2/5
Desde que comenzó la primera canción, estuve esperando que en algún momento empieza a cantar "yo soy tu amigo fiel". Me gusta pero es para escucharlo una única vez y saber quién es y ya. Siento que, llegado un punto, todas las canciones suenan igual. 5/10 ludomatics.
pretty boring, all of the songs sound like they are from toy story but not quite.
Ich kam mir das nicht anhören. Diese gefühlsduselige Verarbeitung der Tatsache, dass man US-Amerikaner ist, geht mit bei Springsteen genauso auf den Sack. Hat aber an Aktualität nichts verloren, was mehr über die USA, als über die Musik aussagt.
He's a good ole' country boi. Unfortunately, he sings like it.
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