Dark Matter proves that we don’t longer listen to Randy Newman searching looking for good music, but solely for witty lyrics. And occasionally for a wonderful soundtrack. However, despite great stories, amusing wit, and undisputable charm, it lacks the overall magnificence of its predecessor.
I was waiting on the edge of my seat for the first album by legendary American singer-songwriter since his marvelous Harps and Angels (2008), but all I found was the same old scheme and over-the-top concept. Dark Matter probably needs time to fully appreciate its strengths. For those who were looking for something as grand as 12 Songs and as fresh as Harps and Angels, Newman’s latest LP won’t make it. At least not in first few listens.
Listen to: The Great Debate, Brothers, Putin, It’s a Jungle Out There