- Audio CD (Jan 1 1992)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Wea
- ASIN: B00000718W
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
|1. Letters From The 9th Ward/Walk Away Renee|
Although all the songs are good, this is the reason for buying this CD. Her band does an outstanding job behind her with shimmering effects, but Rickie Lee's vocals give it a life it never had before.
This rendition will affect you emotionally, deep down into your soul, with it's heartfelt styling.
What a coup! How could Rickie Lee Jones be relegated to obscurity with this kind of talent?
Why? Well, it just shimmers with beauty; it's unlike anything else I know. Jazzy, sometimes poppy, sophisticated, smooth, lush, quirky, debonair, unique. Need I go on? I first heard it on crackly 10-inch vinyl about 15 years ago and was captivated, and recently spent a good couple of years & a fair amount of money to track down a CD copy.
Like many sublime pieces of work, it's very short; a triumph of quality over quantity, though the CD version includes an extra track called "Something Cool" which is rapidly becoming a favourite of mine. RLJ's version of Under the Boardwalk is a little incongruous and I sometimes skip it. The real gems are Just Walk Away Renee, So Long, Lush Life.. oh just all of it! And anyone who can listen to the Tom Waits-penned Rainbow Sleeves without sobbing must have something wrong with their tear ducts.
Natalie Imbruglia (who is well known as a pop star in the UK, not sure if the same is true in the US) described this album as being perfect to listen to whilst watching snow fall in New York. Without having ever done that, I'm inclined to agree. Girl At Her Volcano has the ability to pluck you from your present circumstances and transport you to a wistful place of sheer beauty.
Definitely Rickie Lee Jones's finest half hour.