Label: Geffen Records - 924 246-1,Geffen Records - WX 309,Geffen Records - 7599-24246-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK & Europe • Genre: Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Soft Rock, Vocal
Five years after the disappointing The MagazineRickie Lee Jones returned to form with Flying Cowboyswhich shared much of the playful, childlike charm of her debut, Rickie Lee Jonesand some of the musically diffuse, lyrically ambitious form of its follow-up, Pirates.
From the opening track, "The Horses," which suggested a mother's delight with her child as much as a lover's Manufactura - Psychogenic Fugue + A Damaged Symphony For Depraved Dementia N.2, Jones reintroduced the joyous tone of her early work as well as establishing the Western theme that would run through the album -- cowboys, rodeos, horses, deserts -- without adding up to an actual storyline.
The easy rhythms and lazy, flexible singing on the first few songs were reminiscent of Laura Nyro 's work with Labelle on their Gonna Take a Miracle album, after which Jones branched out into reggae and folk-blues, coming up with an affectionate bluesman voice on "Ghost Train. If Jones could be obscure and unfocused as a writer, that Ghetto Of My Mind - Rickie Lee Jones - Flying Cowboys was also her strength, since it was an expression of the imagination that also produced her most striking musical effects.
Producer Walter Becker may have helped keep things from getting as grandiose as they had on The Magazinebut it was really the artist herself who managed to rein in from that album's self-importance.
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