Music: Bad Love Is Good News

Randy Newman's first CD in ages is pure bile, and pure brilliance

The Newman brothers--Alfred, Emil and Lionel, prolific composers from Hollywood's golden middle age--would have every reason to be proud of their nephew Randy. This year he was nominated for Oscars in three categories: dramatic score (for Pleasantville), musical or comedy score (A Bug's Life) and song (That'll Do, from Babe: Pig in the City). And since he lost in all three categories, as he did the nine previous times he was nominated, Randy Newman might feel a strange satisfaction as well: he's been writing about bitter losers and empty hallways since the Beatles had bowl haircuts. Newman's four-CD retrospective collection is...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!