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Jewels for Sophia

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Jewels for Sophia

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Robyn Hitchcock

We gave it a B+

Some say Robyn Hitchcock’s love of Freudian free-styling has overwhelmed his music. Sure, his concert banter lacks focus (see Jonathan Demme’s recent performance film Storefront Hitchcock), but his songcraft rarely does. Jewels for Sophia proves just that, alternating oddball pastoralism with shaggy blues-rock (featuring R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and ex-Soft Boy Kimberly Rew). As he ponders love, hate, aging, and memory, it’s tough to mistake Hitchcock’s absurdity for mere comedy: Even the song praising cheese is poignant. B+

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