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Dark Matter

Randy Newman

Dark Matter

Eleventh studio album and first since 2008 from legendary singer-songwriter

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Nonesuch
UK Release date
04/08/2017
US Release date
04/08/2017
  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    A weighty, but enjoyable, romp through today’s weird times
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  2. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    On Dark Matter, Newman’s versatility, as ever, transcends pigeonholing and illuminates the smart aleck-y nature (with the emphasis on smart) of one of the world’s great songwriters once again
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    The easy, endlessly reliable stride of Newman's piano remains one of popular music's most underrated pleasures
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  4. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Newman dives right in, quickly weeding out the fair-weather fans in favor of those willing to stick around for his particular brand of cringe-inducing observations
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  5. 8.0 |   The FT

    A voice growing husky with age, but his Hollywood sideline has kept him musically sharp
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  6. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Dark Matter is Randy Newman’s first album of new songs in nine years and his smart mix of cynicism and sentiment is fully intact
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  7. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Dark Matter's triumph is that it hits you in the gut just as much as it resonates in the brain
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    He remains the master of creating ribald, flawed characters, but also the powerful, poignant weepie
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The most effective songs here are those which pack a more personal and emotional punch
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A late career high for the master songsmith
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  11. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The album's best moments are not satirical, they're the tender, slow-drawl songs
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  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Melodies stop and start like film scores: they change key, tempo, time signatures and even musical genres to suit the flow of the story. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Brimming with his sweet-sour magic. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Q

    There's still nobody like Randy Newman. Print edition only

  15. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Dark Matter greets #MAGA America with his signature brutal comic irony and heartbreaking grandeur
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  16. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Newman is easily distracted and that can make Dark Matter a confusing listen at points, but when he gets it right, you’re reminded of what a singular talent he is
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  17. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    Newman has composed some beautifully orchestrated pop that harkens further back to Cole Porter and Tin Pan Alley
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  18. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Contains decent orchestral tear-jerkers, such as She Chose Me and On the Beach, a vignette of an ageing surf bum, but its lead items fall flat
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  19. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    A state-of-America record
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