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October 5, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
In a concert last month at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe, the buzzy English singer Paloma Faith crouched down near the floor to sing "Let Me Down Easy. " It's a tough-love song associated with a number of hardy soul-music veterans, including Bettye LaVette and the late Etta James, and Faith was doing what she could (despite her youth and a seriously movement-constricting dress) to channel some of their gravitas. LaVette does some crouching of her own on "Thankful N' Thoughtful," a powerful new covers album that finds the 66-year-old R&B singer tapping into the desperation of tunes like Neil Young's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" and "Everything Is Broken" by Bob Dylan.
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October 5, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
In a concert last month at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe, the buzzy English singer Paloma Faith crouched down near the floor to sing "Let Me Down Easy. " It's a tough-love song associated with a number of hardy soul-music veterans, including Bettye LaVette and the late Etta James, and Faith was doing what she could (despite her youth and a seriously movement-constricting dress) to channel some of their gravitas. LaVette does some crouching of her own on "Thankful N' Thoughtful," a powerful new covers album that finds the 66-year-old R&B singer tapping into the desperation of tunes like Neil Young's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" and "Everything Is Broken" by Bob Dylan.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 1997 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Rickie Lee Jones, erstwhile folk-jazz-pop boho heroine, has thrown her old fans a curve with her new album, "Ghostyhead," which sets her introspective, hallucinatory imagery to an aggressive, hard-edged electronic sound. Jones' concert at the El Rey Theatre on Wednesday indicated that she's embracing this experimental approach with an almost obsessive intensity.
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November 3, 2009 | Randy Lewis; August Brown
Carrie Underwood Play On 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville If there's a slam-dunk aspect to Carrie Underwood's third album, it's that she's handed her "American Idol" benefactors a theme song for the next episode of "Idol Gives Back." That song is "Change," an exercise in social responsibility that challenges the listener to stay open to the possibility that a small gesture can make a big difference. Underwood puts that idea across convincingly -- it's one that also would do wonders for her music.
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November 9, 1991 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Rickie Lee Jones is getting the most radio airplay she's gotten in years right now. Unfortunately, most of it is for her contribution to an alternative dance tune, the Orb's "Fluffy Little Clouds," and not for her own superlative new album, "Pop Pop," a jazzy and admittedly not-so-radio-ready collection of personalized standards from decades past. The faithful were still out in force for her top-drawing, top-drawer show Thursday night at Royce Hall.
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March 17, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Rickie Lee Jones scanned the crowd near the Club Lingerie stage after her first number in the first of two shows there Thursday, hoping to see some non-familiar (i.e., non-"industry") faces in the footlights. "I was hoping very much that some real people got in, 'cause I was trying to figure out who bought the tickets," she said earnestly, beaming that Cheshire Cat grin as the whoops and hollers told her the folks wuz real.
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February 6, 2008 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
It wasn't exactly Mott the Hoople glam-rock mixed with urban-jazzy Black Power horns, and it wasn't a vaudeville show with jugglers and other attractions -- two ideas that the headliner has been tossing around -- but Rickie Lee Jones' show on Monday at the Echoplex delivered on its promise of something special. This was the first of Jones' four Monday night concerts at the Echo Park club, and while many of L.A.'
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1991 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Sinatra to Hendrix. Tin Pan Alley to swinging hepster jazz. "Peter Pan" to the Jefferson Airplane. You could say Rickie Lee Jones really boxes the pop compass on "Pop Pop," the upcoming album by the adventuresome songstress. Due out in September, it features a dizzying array of cover songs, ranging from jazz standards and Broadway show tunes to Jimi Hendrix's "Up From the Skies" and a trio of songs that were hits for Frank Sinatra.
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October 12, 2000 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even when an audience is eager to be mesmerized, few singer-songwriters can weave a spell like the one Rickie Lee Jones cast Tuesday over a packed crowd at the El Rey Theatre. The veteran boho-jazz-pop artist molded time and space at whim, relaying human pain, comedy and bliss with the authority of someone who has witnessed it all, and the deceptive ease of a vocalist in full command of her singular instrument.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2008 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
It wasn't exactly Mott the Hoople glam-rock mixed with urban-jazzy Black Power horns, and it wasn't a vaudeville show with jugglers and other attractions -- two ideas that the headliner has been tossing around -- but Rickie Lee Jones' show on Monday at the Echoplex delivered on its promise of something special. This was the first of Jones' four Monday night concerts at the Echo Park club, and while many of L.A.'
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2007 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Eleni Mandell "Miracle of Five" (Zedtone) * * * 1/2 -- Rickie Lee Jones "The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard" (New West) * * * * WHEN you look at pop music only through the prism of popularity charts, it can seem like a rootless, random place, where practitioners rise and fall in disconnected orbits and with no bonds to the past.
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February 11, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
RICKIE LEE JONES was living in a house facing a three-way intersection on Sunset Boulevard, and sometimes she'd sit on the lawn and watch the street life roll west like a sooty river looking for the sea. "There were all these people driving in from wherever to look at the ocean, and it reminded me of when I was a kid living in Arizona and my family would drive to visit my Uncle Bob in Pomona and we would always pile in the car and go look at the ocean. It's what you do."
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November 27, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
MARY J. BLIGE was looking forward to a nice holiday season. She planned to take a break from work on a new album due next year; do a little promotion for "Reminisce," a hits compilation targeted for release in early December; and spend quality time with family and friends. Then she played some of the new songs for Geffen Records executives. And they liked what they heard -- enough so that they asked her to scrap the hits album and rush completion of the new one for a pre-Christmas release.
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November 2, 2003
Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones ("Woody Guthrie. Bob Dylan. Rickie Lee Jones?" by Oscar Garza, Oct. 5) is just what this country needs: the musical version of Michael Moore and Janeane Garofalo. Jackie Melwin West Hollywood
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October 5, 2003 | Oscar Garza, Oscar Garza is deputy editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
If someone asked you to listen to a song called "Tell Somebody (Repeal the Patriot Act NOW)," you'd probably cringe at the possibility--indeed, the likelihood--of a preachy message being delivered over the relentless strumming of an acoustic guitar and the incessant banging of a tambourine. Has the Kingston Trio been revived? Maybe it's an outtake from "A Mighty Wind," Christopher Guest's film parody about a reunion of time-warped '60s folkies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Rickie Lee Jones scanned the crowd near the Club Lingerie stage after her first number in the first of two shows there Thursday, hoping to see some non-familiar (i.e., non-"industry") faces in the footlights. "I was hoping very much that some real people got in 'cause I was trying to figure out who bought the tickets," she said earnestly, beaming that Cheshire Cat grin as the whoops and hollers told her the folks wuz real.
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July 12, 1990 | BILL LOCEY
It'll be easy to tell the Rickie Lee Jones fans from the Lyle Lovett fans Sunday at The Santa Barbara County Bowl. Jones' fans will be mostly serious young women, liberal English lit major types who will hang on every phrase and be quick to say, "Shhh, Rickie Lee is singing." Lovett's fans will be the ones giving them hotfoots. Or laughing. While this bill is not a mismatch similar to The Surf Punks and Journey, both artists offer different interpretations of what it's all about.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2000 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even when an audience is eager to be mesmerized, few singer-songwriters can weave a spell like the one Rickie Lee Jones cast Tuesday over a packed crowd at the El Rey Theatre. The veteran boho-jazz-pop artist molded time and space at whim, relaying human pain, comedy and bliss with the authority of someone who has witnessed it all, and the deceptive ease of a vocalist in full command of her singular instrument.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 1997 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Rickie Lee Jones, erstwhile folk-jazz-pop boho heroine, has thrown her old fans a curve with her new album, "Ghostyhead," which sets her introspective, hallucinatory imagery to an aggressive, hard-edged electronic sound. Jones' concert at the El Rey Theatre on Wednesday indicated that she's embracing this experimental approach with an almost obsessive intensity.
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