Randy Newman, Land of Dreams

Nick Marino

By Nick Marino

on 08.16.11 in Reviews

Land Of Dreams

Randy Newman
A great second step after the essentials

Perhaps the most underrated album in the career of an underrated artist, Land of Dreams captures Newman in a charming mood. (Okay, there’s a vicious ballad called “I Want You To Hurt Like I Do” – it’s still a Randy Newman record – but most of its memorable songs are easygoing larks.) Four stand out: “Dixie Flyer” and “New Orleans Wins The War” are utterly delightful nostalgia trips about Newman’s beloved birthplace; “Falling In Love” has an addictive seven-note hook that can hover in your head all day; and “Something Special” is a Newman rarity – an unabashedly happy love song. Together these highlights constitute an extremely strong batch, highly recommended as a second step after the essentials of Sail Away and Good Old Boys.