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Rickie Lee Jones: Bohemian Rhapsody

Bob Mehr, MOJO, July 2011

Fuelled by a bitter split with lover Tom Waits, scarred by spiraling addictions and underwritten by her traumatic childhood, Rickie Lee Jones' Pirates album took a hammer to her incipient stardom and blithe, kooky image. Thirty years on, with some trepidation, she's revisiting its switchback terrain. "I thought: I got too much heaven over me," she tella Bob Mehr. "I gotta go down to hell."

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