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(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will admit to loving the work of Jules Shear. He writes the most skillful pop songs filled with intelligent and sometimes heart breaking lyrics. His lyrics have always reminded me of Truman Capote's prose... succient, crip, pointful, then wham! and barrage of emotional observances that cut you to the quick.Healing Bones is a masterpiece, it contains jewels that shine...some shine sadly. It is a testament to an artist at the top of his craft. It is a work of melody and words working in unison in the pop genre. Buy this cd...today."
Another Solid Outing From The Under-Appreciated Jules Shear
Eric R. Last | San Bruno, CA United States | 10/30/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Healing Bones" is the 1994 follow-up to Shear's tremendous 1992 album "The Great Puzzle". It isn't quite as successful as it's predecessor, but considering that "Puzzle" was one of the finest pop-rock albums of the 90's, to fall somewhat short of that mark is hardly anything to be ashamed of. "Healing Bones" is still an excellent album, certainly ranking among Shear's best. The overall sound is very similar to "Puzzle", very pop, and very punchy. At times in his career Shear has made some albums that are somewhat flat and listless, but that's not the case here. There's a nice mix of moods and tempos, and his all-star band (Elliot Easton, Rod Argent, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta) shines without ever intruding. Among the highlights: "Two Friends", "Listen To What She Says", "A Bird In That Cage", and a cover of the Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". If you're already a fan, you're sure to enjoy this. If you're just discovering Jules Shear, this may not be the best place to start, but it's not far off. I'm not sure if "Healing Bones" is currently in print, certainly much of Shear's catalog is not, but if you live somewhere with access to good used record stores, you shouldn't have too much trouble tracking down many of his titles. By all means, try to find "The Great Puzzle", try to find this album, and try to find the Razor and Tie label's compilation of his early years ("Horse Of A Different Color - 1976-1989"). And his 2000 album "Allow Me" is also very good, and it's definitely still in print, at least as of this writing."