Jonathan Richman - Because Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild

Jonathan Richman - Because Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild


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"Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild (2008), Richman's first proper LP since 2004's minor masterpiece Not So Much to Be Loved as to Love, sounds like more of the same low-key acoustic-pop that Richman and percussionist Tommy Larkins have made into practically their own genre over the years. There's even Richman's latest ode to a painter-- the "Egyptian Reggae"-flavored "No One Was Like Vermeer"-- plus two more foreign-language songs (one French, one Spanish, both so-so). It's just that, for Richman, our human imperfection only heightens our human emotions: whether natural beauty on the title track, or natural odors on "The Lovers Are Here and They're Full of Sweat".

Like unruly hair or B.O., death is a fact of nature that polite society would prefer to cover up or ignore. It's also what gives love such precious urgency, Richman hints on the vibrant "Time Has Been Going By So Fast", which glories in impermanence as a feature and not a bug.

It would be harder to sympathize with Richman if he weren't in such palpable agony. Reprising the Modern Lovers' "Old World", the singer bids a regretful farewell to a past he originally embraced. Finally, a devastating cover of Leonard Cohen's mortality-themed "Here It Is" is followed by the album's capstone, "As My Mother Lay Lying", which brings to the nursing home the quiet dignity those who pass through it deserve, and suggests a personal tragedy at the heart of a grief-stricken album."  Pitchfork


  1. Because Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild
  2. No One Was Like Vermeer
  3. Time Has Been Going By So Fast
  4. Es Como El Pan
  5. Our Drab Ways
  6. The Lovers Are Here And They're Full Of Sweat
  7. Le Printemps Des Amoureux Est Venu
  8. When We Refuse To Suffer
  9. This Romance Will Be Different For Me
  10. Old World
  11. Our Party Will Be On The Beach Tonight
  12. When We Refuse To Suffer
  13. Here It Is
  14. As My Mother Lay Lying

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