Trouble in Paradise is the seventh album by American composer Randy Newman. Released four years after his last commercial album, 1979’s Born Again, and two years after he composed the original score for the 1981 film Ragtime, it was well-received as a return to form. It spawned the smash hit “I Love L.A.” in addition to a duet with Paul Simon on “The Blues.”
The album was different from previous Newman albums, full of synthesizers, drum loops, and samples. The writing also somewhat abandoned the country-tinged folkiness of his work in the 1970s in favor of somewhat glossy synth pop. Trouble in Paradise was ranked as number 67 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s list. A cover version of “Real Emotional Girl” by the Canadian singer Patricia O’Callaghan appears on her 2001 album Real Emotional Girl.
1 I Love L.A. (Randy Newman) 3:31 2 Christmas In Cape Town (Randy Newman) 4:22 3 The Blues(Randy Newman) 3:03 4 Same Girl (Randy Newman) 2:53 5 Mikey’s (Randy Newman) 2:11 6 My Life Is Good (Randy Newman) 4:39 7 Miami (Randy Newman) 4:06 8 Real Emotional Girl (Randy Newman) 2:30 9 Take Me Back (Randy Newman) 4:09 10 There’s A Party At My House (Randy Newman) 2:52 11 I’m Different (Randy Newman) 2:34 12 Song For The Dead (Randy Newman) 3:01