Howie Newman | Trust Me, You'll Like It

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Trust Me, You'll Like It

by Howie Newman

Funny, quirky and satirical songs, terrific musicians and a wide variety of arrangements. Add 'em all up and you've got one of the most entertaining independent albums of the year.
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1. Everybody's Talkin' On the Phone
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2. Big in Belgium
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3. Skeptical
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4. Way Past My Bedtime
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5. Drivin' in Boston Is Drivin' Me to Drink
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6. Thinkin' 'bout You
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7. Please Buy My Record
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8. Weekend Warrior
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9. Middle Age Love
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10. Snow
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11. Pushin' 30
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12. Doug Mientkiewicz
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13. Never Say Never
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Start with funny, quirky and satirical songs. Add in some terrific musicians, a wide variety of arrangements and top-notch production. The result is Howie Newman’s Trust Me, You’ll Like It, one of the most entertaining independent albums you'll ever hear.

Backing Newman (acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica) on this 13-song CD are some of the top names in the local music circuit, including Duke Levine, Billy Novick and Jim Gambino. This lively collection, which also includes four “serious” tunes, spans folk, rock, bluegrass, jazz, swing, country and just about everything in between.

Newman takes a whimsical look at cell phones, the weather, Boston drivers, not-so-graceful aging and rock stardom. For sports fans, there are memoirs of an aging softball fanatic (“Weekend Warrior”) and an ode to Doug Mientkiewicz. He even dabbles in love and relationships, examining middle age dating, daydreaming, skepticism and unfinished business.

It’s funny, upbeat, warm and – best of all – fun to listen to. Give it a spin, you’ll like it.


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Brett Holmes, Lucid Forge

Barenaked Ladies meets Randy Newman
Isn't Howie Newman that guy that wrote the music for Toy Story? Almost! That was Randy Newman, however, there seems to be a similar representation going on here. The lyrically witty and hip emotional style reminds me much of animated soundtrack possibilities. Trust Me, You'll Like It is a 13-track project that lends its quirky composition to a listener's light mood. It's Barenaked Ladies meets Randy Newman.

Wildy's World

Howie Newman is a musician who tells you some funny stories about life
Trust Me, You’ll Like It is funny, sometimes poignant, and entertaining. It runs the gamut from bizarre (an ode to former Red Sox first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz) to sweet (“Middle Age Love”), with all stops in between. Some might almost call this a comedy record, but I think a better assessment would be to say that Howie Newman is a musician who tells you some funny stories about life.

Most anyone over 30 will understand the sentiment of “Weekend Warrior”, whether you are one or not. “Never Say Never” is a look at growing up, and how we sometimes we pass by our greatest pleasures in the name of being mature. Re-discovering those pleasures can re-kindle the fire for life.

Trust Me, You’ll Like It is a mirror in which we all might find a little of ourselves, our family, and our day-to-day. The music is excellent and Newman has put together one of the best backing bands in the Boston scene. The songs are funny and warm. You’ll find yourself pulling this disc out from time to time when you need a step back. Definitely a keeper!

Clay Eals, Seattle-based author

Love the harmonies and instrumentation
What I love about this music is that it MOVES. I feel enlivened by the music, which causes me to hit "play"
repeatedly. And I love the harmonies and instrumentation on all the cuts. "Weekend Warrior" is quite strong. The Mientkiewicz (I think that's right) song is great and "Way Past My Bedtime" is fun (one of those that MOVES).

Ray Shackett, WCAP (Lowell, Mass.)

A refreshing change of pace
Funny, folksy and fabulously talented, Howie Newman is a refreshing change of pace in this world that sometimes doesn't always get the joke.

Sidehatch Vault

Satirical social commentary that is smart, witty and relevant
This guy is pretty funny, and he’s got some cool messages. The satirical social commentary is smart, witty and relevant. Plus, his musicians are stellar. Duke Levine (lead guitar), Paul Kochanski (bass) and Jeff Allison (drums) make up his main musical section, with Janet Feld and Jennifer Newman (his daughter) singing backups. Guest appearances by several other instrumentalists give his music interesting spice.

His Steely Dan impersonation at the end of “Big in Belgium” is hilarious and dead on. I’m putting “Drivin’ in Boston is Drivin’ Me to Drink” on the next time I get pulled over for aggressive driving, and hopefully the cop will laugh enough to let me off.

He’s downright funny and doesn’t need to use vulgarity to get a laugh, which is a nice change of pace. And even the most hardened metal band will appreciate the honesty of “Please Buy My Record.”

the Serious Comedy site

Well-written and orchestrated tunes with a definite sense of humor
I really like this independent release CD: the songs here are well-written and orchestrated tunes with a definite sense of humor. There is also something very likeable about Howie Newman in these songs that makes you want to toe-tap as he sings. "Trust Me You'll Like It" is a great independent release fun song CD. The production values are there right down to the booklet that includes the lyrics to the songs, something few such releases include.

Mark S. Tucker, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME)

Humorous good-timey folk-rock
The thing about Howie Newman is that he's of a Martin Mull-ish bent: He’s a slice of, and satire on, middle America. Featured on the CD is the more-than-tasty guitar work of Duke Levine, who played with Mary Chapin Carpenter and is currently gigging with Aimee Mann. Recessed in the background is Paul Kochanski's unobtrusive but spot-on bass quitar. Jim Gambino's piano makes me thirsty for a Beck's draft straight from the tap.
Mostly, this is gently humorous good-timey folk-rock with a number of cool one-liners (“you don't have to shovel rain”) and mellow listenability. Nice instrumental progression in the middle eight, too. My favorite? "Pushin' 30" but there are several standouts.

C.W. Ross, Indie Music Stop

Great sound and cleverly written lyrics
This release is loaded with 45 minutes of music that blends satire and comedy with rock, country and folk styles of music. All the songs are well put together with great music and cleverly written lyrics that bring them to life.

The lyrics deal with everything from cell phones and bad drivers to aging softball players. The CD does takes a more serious tone on several of the songs that
deal with dating and love.

Instruments like the flute, clarinet, saxophone, banjo, mandolin and others that really add a fresh finished sound to the songs.

Give the CD's booklet a look. It's filled with some nice clip art and pictures along with musician credits. What I really liked most though was the way the song lyrics are printed big and clear.

I really recommend you get this CD and give it a listen. It works well on so many different musical levels.

Tom Petersen, Victory Review

Howie has a special talent for expressing things we think but rarely discuss
Boy, was he ever right! Whimsical Boston troubador Howie Newman is a scream, particularly if you are 40-something. He has a special talent for expressing those things that we often think but rarely discuss or are too polite to bring up. "Everybody's Talking on the Phone," he observes, but goes on to wonder what the heck all these people have to discuss. He also grumps, amusingly, about Boston traffic, and snow. The best, and funniest, songs are about the slow escape of youth ... The temptation is to cut up the lyric sheet (included) and mail the various songs to friends to whom the subjects apply - with the rest staying on the fridge at home. Newman has been getting some spins on Dr. Demento and Mad Man Moskowitz, but you gotta get the whole record. Trust me.

Eddie O'Strange, 783 Access AM, Wellington, New Zealand


Yes, I trust you! I'm still smiling long after listening through the songs.
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