Rickie Lee Jones has always made a point not to repeat herself. While commercial success came quickly thanks to her eponymous debut; its attendant hit single, "Chuck E's in Love"; and Pirates, her highly praised sophomore set, the tangled trajectory she pursued thereafter gave way to critical drubbing and the scorn of those who found themselves unable to effectively pigeonhole her sound.
Rickie Lee Jones
Jones learned the hard way that the public
“You can have a big success at first and then they throw you away,” she insists. “I paved my own road, (but) the thing that hurt my feelings back then was that I was hungry for some praise after the success of my debut. When it came to my more experimental work, I found a lot of other people getting attention for doing the same thing I was. They never mentioned Rickie Lee Jones! It was a very dark time for my ego and my spirit. Now it does suddenly feel better. It feels like we’re painting the path for the future. It seems to have altered the way the path is viewed, and maybe even the path itself. I feel like some redemption is taking place.”
Much of that optimism stems from the reaction she's garnered for her new album, The Other Side of Desire. With it, Jones returns to
These days, Jones' goals are simple and direct.
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"I'd like to have some money in the bank," she says. "I'd like to have some recognition. But you have to just live for the hour. You get up in the morning and go to bed at night, and tomorrow you do have to do it all over again. It sounds like a cliché, but you have to be in the here and now and be grateful for your life."
It’s clear from conversation that Jones is indeed grateful, and that the new album has brought a particular
“It’s made me realize