RANDY NEWMAN
DARK MATTER  
 
Item# 07559794033
Released: 8/4/2017
Category: Rock & Pop
Media: Compact Discs
Record Label: NONESUCH (NON)
Price: $16.99   (7 in stock)
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Randy Newman's first studio album of all-new material since the 2008 release of his acclaimed Harps and Angels, an acerbic take on the state of America that Rolling Stone called 'reason to wrap yourself in the flag and cheer.' The ensuing years have proven Newman to be more prognosticator than mere commentatorhis 'A Few Words in Defense of Our Country,' its lyrics printed on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times in January 2007, seems even more relevant today, though by no means reassuring. On Dark Matter, Newman jumps right back into the fray, opening the disc with the grand 'The Great Debate' a nearly nine-minute opus that feels like the opening number of a zany musical, featuring scientists, religious zealots, and a gospel choir, arguing about the existence of evolution, dark matter, climate change, and religion. It includes a character who steps up to question the merits of a certain Mr. Randy Newman's songwriting gambits. It's by turns cynical and gleeful, and, in the end, true believers and skeptics alike surrender to the sheer musical joy of a catchy gospel coda, with no commitment of faith necessary.

   

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