Rickie Lee Jones has just released a new album, The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard, which also marks her first for her new home on New West Records. From the onset of her long career, Jones has been both a musical chameleon and rogue champion of genre exploration.
Exposition Boulevard further cements her reputation as an adventurous songwriter willing to follow her muse no matter where it may lead. In the case of Exposition Boulevard, that muse has led her into the often misguided territory of writing about Christianity and the Bible. Not surprisingly, Jones handles the material with both class and grace churning out as experimental and exciting an album as she has released in years; it is in a word, fascinating. Well done.