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Randy and the Bloody Lovelies - Lift Review
by Gary Schwind

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Lift begins with a song ("Red Carpets") that contains a not-so-subtle poke at Los Angeles. The opening lyrics of this disc state, "If you kill or steal or lie, you'll go to LA when you die." I'd argue if I could but I happen to agree that living in LA is at least as bad a punishment as anything Danté conceived in The Inferno.

Randy and the Bloody Lovelies is a band that combines rock guitar and rhythms with piano that at times is reminiscent of Randy Newman ("Red Carpets") and Vince Guaraldi (Why Ya 'Spose"). The beginning of "Nadine" reminds me of "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" by Taj Mahal. I'll tell you one thing. Randy Wooten can tickle the ivories. He makes me realize how much more I have to practice if I want to be even a quarter the player he is.

In addition to the jazzy numbers up front, the Bloody Lovelies have included some strong ballads on this disc, including "Wondrous Things," "And I Do," and "Pop."

Randy and the Bloody Lovelies know not only how to craft a song, but also how to vary their sound from one song to the next. This album is heavy on the strings, particularly the violin of Lisa Germano. Six songs feature at least a violin and three songs ("And I Do," Pop," and "Under Starlight") feature a string quartet. In addition, the album features steel guitar ("New Disguise" and "Beautiful Too") and horns ("Twilight Kids"). It's a broad album and every song is very well done. If you like Randy Newman or Jamie Cullum, this is an album you'll probably enjoy.


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