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Rickie Lee Jones, The Beauty Shop

Rickie Lee Jones --"Elvis Cadillac" From The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard on New West RecordsThe Sermon on Exposition Boulevard, the new album by Rickie Lee Jones, is a beauty -- soul-satisfying and sonically unique. Rickie Lee sounds completely tapped in, alive and vital, heading down some mighty interesting roads and discovering new magical essences. Lots of creative sparks here--plenty of them. She sounds like she's going through a transformation throughout the album in a way that's reminiscent of Van Morrison's performances on his classic album Astral Weeks.

What will certainly be most striking to some fans about The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard is that it rocks harder than any album the two-time Grammy Award winner has ever recorded. “Nobody Knows My Name,” the striking opening track, might best be described as “minimalist pure pop punk rock,” and the evocative, riff-‘n’-hook-filled, stream-of-consciousness rant titled “Falling Up” follows in a similar decidedly art-rock manner.

The Beauty Shop --"A Desperate Cry for Help" and
"Monster" From Crisis Helpline on Snapper Music The Beauty Shop released their first album in 2002 (Yr Money Or Yr Life; Mud Records / Shoeshine Records) and immediately garnered impressive notices in the press. From Champaign, Illinois, this 3 piece have been compared with Nick Cave, Violent Femmes and The Handsome Family with a Leonard Cohen “bad attitude” vocal twist.

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