Jonathan Richman Not So Much to Be Loved as to Love
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- Released: June 22, 2004
- Label: Sanctuary Records
Q - p.1233 stars out of 5 - "Over simple drums and guitar, with that effortless porchlight feel, his halting drawl serenades us in French and Spanish..."
Uncut - p.76Ranked #44 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[T]he effect is weird, wonderful and life-affirmingly wise."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.863 stars out of 5 - "[H]e's bought a harmonium. It's used to spellbinding effect....Once in a while the old JoJo returns to surprise us."
- 1.Not So Much to Be Loved as to Love
- 2.Sunday Afternoon
- 3.Vincent Van Gogh
- 4.Cosi Veloce - (Italian)
- 5.He Gave Us the Wine to Taste
- 6.Salvador Dali
- 7.My Baby Love Love Loves Me
- 8.In Che Mondo Viviamo
- 9.Behold the Lilies of the Field
- 10.Etoiles, Les - (French)
- 11.The World Is Showing Its Hand
- 12.Abu Jamal
- 13.On a du Soleil - (French)
- 14.[Untitled Track]
- 15.[Untitled Track]
Contains two hidden tracks following "On A Du Soliel".
Personnel: Jonathan Richman (vocals); Ralph Carney (woodwinds, brass, percussion, wind, background vocals); Greg Keranen, Miles Montalbano (bass guitar); Chuck Prophet, Liz Zoria, Dave Sorrenson, Susan Hertzfeld, Nicole Montalbano, Roger Montalbano, Jenny Rae Richman, Miles Montalbano, Alison Faith Levy, Stephanie Finch (background vocals); Tom Larkins (drums).
Recording information: Mobius Studio, San Francisco, CA.
Photographer: Rory Earnshaw.
Even his staunchest supporters will readily agree that Jonathan Richman has been doing basically the same thing since 1977; delivering deceptively simple lyrics in a child-like manner over spare rock & roll backing. The thing is, he's a genius in the musical world of his own making, a master of his own domain, and NOT SO MUCH... continues his reign. Okay, there are a couple of new developments--a serious, political song about reputedly innocent convict Mumia Abu Jamal and a few songs in French and Italian, but Jonathan has been singing in other languages at least since his '94 all-Spanish album.
For the most part, this is good old Jojo (his fans' affectionate nickname for the starry-eyed singer). He casts an innocent eye on romance in the title track and "My Baby Love Love Loves Me," and profiles legendary painters on "Vincent Van Gogh" and "Salvador Dali," but as is his wont, these sonic portraits are far more lighthearted than the dark, pounding "Pablo Picasso" from Richman's Modern Lovers days. The album ends with two uncredited "bonus" tracks whose dreaminess recalls the humble transcendence of Richman's '83 classic "That Summer Feeling," a good sign, to be sure.
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