Like fellow boho Tom Waits, with who she was once romantically involved, Jones has always flourished on the fringes of pop music. Jones’ latest album—her first of original material in six years—is unlikely to push her any closer to the mainstream. Which is a shame, because catchy protest songs about the Bush administration like “Ugly Man” and “Tell Somebody (Repeal the Patriot Act Now)” deserve a wider audience. And musically, the pastiche of jazz, blues and funk makes this one of Jones’ strongest efforts in years.
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