Although Toy Story is arguably the most famous of Newman’s countless original film scores, and although it contains the instant-classic buddy anthem “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” the album still couldn’t quite break Newman’s famous bridesmaid’s streak at the Academy Awards. (He wouldn’t win until his 16th Oscar nomination, for Monsters Inc., in 2001). In any event, the album – which is largely instrumental compositions – stands as an approachable entry point for parents looking to introduce children to orchestral music. And it also contains another pop song (the wistful “I Will Go Sailing No More”) that ranks among the most beautiful tunes Newman has ever written.
By Nick Marino on 08.16.12 in Icons
Randy Newman has never fit squarely into any conventional pop music category. He's a pianist in a world of guitarists, a froggy singer in a world of AutoTune. He doesn't even hold up as an underrated bard of the literary...
By Marc Hogan on 12.19.14 in News
Well, Nation, that's it. Stephen Colbert has moved on from The Colbert Report, after nine brilliant years. He sent it off in his own singular style, though, and — despite Kendrick Lamar's appearance earlier this week as...
By Barry Walters on 01.07.14 in Reviews
Last decade, art rock maestro Peter Gabriel planned an unconventional pair of discs: On one, he would cover songs by musicians young and old; on the other, that same set of musicians would cover him. These were planned t...
By Nick Marino on 08.16.11 in Reviews
At this point, the musical production Faust (like Cop Rock, the ill-fated, Newman-scored TV musical about singing law-enforcement officers) remains pretty unheralded. Any career this long is going to have its footnotes a...