Evening of My Best Day (2003) 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… 2003-10-07 Rickie Lee Jones
Music Review

Evening of My Best Day (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 07, 2003; Lead Performance: Rickie Lee Jones

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.

Originally posted Oct 24, 2003 Published in issue #734 Oct 24, 2003 Order article reprints