Jonathan Richman

Having a Party with Jonathan Richman

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Combining studio and live recordings, this Party is a rather quiet affair with just Jonathan and his guitar. Richman is more pensive than usual; while interpersonal dynamics remain his primary focus, his thoughts turn to relatively serious examinations of adultery ("My Career as a Homewrecker") and commitment ("Just for Fun"). Similarly, the minutia of romance is the concern of "The Girl Stands Up to Me Now," "When I Say Wife" (a fretful essay on nomenclature and possessiveness), and "She Doesn't Laugh at My Jokes."

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