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Jonathan Richman
You Must Ask the Heart
Jonathan Richman Discography - Albums, Singles, EPs, Bootlegs, Promos, Compilations, Books, Films, etc
 

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Jonathan Richman deserves his due as a great pop cultural hero simply for being the original postmodern songwriter--and doing it at least a decade before we knew what that meant. Unfortunately, his output has been paltry of late. But even if 1995's You Must Ask the Heart runs a mere thirty-two minutes (half of which are taken up by covers), as a follow-up to an album where he remade his own songs in Spanish it will do just fine. Call him what you will, a rock-devolved folkie, an overly precious child-man, an adenoidal enigma. But when he sets his mind to it, Richman can still write songs as whimsical or as plainly astute as any guitar-slinger around. Self-conscious perhaps, but never self-indulgent, his songs don't get mired in the vague soul purging that makes many singer-songwriters insufferable. But a glut of retreads from a guy whose chief asset is his inventiveness suggests a drying well. He Jonathanizes Sam Cooke and "The Rose" with his sincere nasal singing, acoustic strumming, and some light accompaniment, but offers fairly standard readings. Only the up-tempo shuffle of Tom Waits's "The Heart Of Saturday Night" truly refigures the original. Roni Sarig


 Tracks
1
To Hide A Little Thought (Jonathan Richman)
03:14
2
The Heart Of Saturday Night (Tom Waits)
01:54
3
Vampire Girl (Jonathan Richman)
03:41
4
Just Because I'm Irish (Jonathan Richman)
01:50
5
That's How I Feel (Prez Tyus-The Student)
02:05
6
Let Her Go Into The Darkness (Jonathan Richman)
03:16
7
The Rose (Amanda McBroom/Warner Tamerlane)
01:32
8
You Must Ask The Heart (Jonathan Richman)
03:25
9
Nothing Can Change This Love (Sam Cooke)
02:06
10
Amorcito Corazon (Esperon-Urdinales)
03:30
11
City Vs Country (Jonathan Richman)
02:30
12
Walter Johnson (Jonathan Richman)
02:50
13
Nishi (Tradional/Jonathan Richman)
00:17


 Releases
Label Format Cat no
Date
Rounder CD ROUNDER CD 9047 (a)
05/1995


Sources
(a) Record - Simes' Record Collection.  Date - Mitchell T. (1999). There's Something About Jonathan. Great Britian. Peter Owen Publishers.





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