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The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard.
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Album: The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard.
# Song Title   Time
1)    Nobody Knows My Name
2)    Gethsemane
3)    Falling Up
4)    Lamp of the Body
5)    It Hurts
6)    Where I Like It Best
7)    Tried to Be a Man
8)    Circle in the Sand
9)    Donkey Ride
10)    7th Day
11)    Elvis Cadillac
12)    Road to Emmaus
13)    I Was There
 

Album: The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard.
# Song Title   Time
1)    Nobody Knows My Name
2)    Gethsemane
3)    Falling Up
4)    Lamp of the Body
5)    It Hurts
6)    Where I Like It Best
7)    Tried to Be a Man
8)    Circle in the Sand
9)    Donkey Ride
10)    7th Day
11)    Elvis Cadillac
12)    Road to Emmaus
13)    I Was There
 
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Performer Notes
  • Recording information: Marc Chiat's Red Dog Studio, Culver City, CA (2005); Sound Image, Van Nuys, CA (2005); Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA (2005); The Pass, Los Angeles, CA (2005).
  • After several albums of jazz and pop songbook standards, neo-beatnik hipster songstress Rickie Lee Jones released THE SERMON ON EXPOSITION BOULEVARD, one of the most inspired and well-crafted albums of her career. Reportedly based on the gospels of Christ, this album shouldn't be mistaken for Jones's born-again coming-out party. While the biblical references are numerous and not always subtle ("Donkey Ride"), the lyrical abstractions position the album as more about finding a peaceful self than about finding Jesus.
  • Musically, the album is varied yet cohesive. The listener is reminded of Jones's long-standing relationship with Tom Waits on the gritty "Tried to Be a Man," replete with a Waits-inspired raspy vocal. The most obvious reference point here, however, is the late-1990s and early-'00s albums of Lucinda Williams. This is "adult" music with a "contemporary," slightly "alternative" studio sheen, but it's far too impassioned on the one hand ("Lamp of the Body") and righteously swinging on the other ("Circle in the Sand"), to ever warrant a tag as bland and limiting as one encompassing those dreaded terms.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (p.p.75) - "[E]nriched by roadhouse rhythms and her distinctive whiskey-soaked voice....It's still vintage Rickie..." -- Grade: B

Q (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he eight-minute 'I Was There' showcases her still extraordinary space-pixie vocal chops. Boldly different."

Uncut (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "SERMON's musical crudeness gives it a powerful immediacy. Strangely accessible and highly addictive, it's her best work in three decades."

No Depression (p.119) - "Jones' new songs are quite literally private prayers. It takes the coalescence of her still astonishingly expressive voice and a sympathetic, locked-tight band to transform those confessions."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "At times primordial, hallucinatory and sweetly self-examining..."
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