Larry Blumenfeld
October 24, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Evening of My Best Day

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Rickie Lee Jones
Producers
V2

We gave it an A-

Jones’ baby-girl croon has always focused on adult themes. Here, it’s politics. On the gently swinging ”Ugly Man,” she sings that George W. ”grew up to be like his father”; on the funky ”Little Mysteries,” she considers conspiracy theories. And ”Tell Somebody” is a call to arms, protesting the Patriot Act. These are pop’s most artful anti-Bush statements to date. But even right-wingers will have to attest to the musical integrity of ”Evening”’s jazz-inflected tracks and the charm of Jones’ idiosyncratic style.

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