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Demons [Import]

Cowboy Junkies Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B004I1WIRK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Junkies hit purple patch with Chesnutt tribute 16 Feb 2011
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Cowboy Junkies are on a roll at the moment. This is their second album in 12 months, with a further two promised this year. The first, `Renmin Park' released last year, was inspired by a visit to China; this second celebrates the songwriting of the late Vic Chesnutt who died on Christmas Day 2009. The third, `Sing In My Meadow' is still at the conceptual stage, while the fourth `The Wilderness' promises new songs, some of which have already been road-tested live. A book describing the inspiration for this `Nomad Series' of albums, in recognition of the band's 25th anniversary, is due to follow. A purple patch indeed.

And so to the current offering. For starters, it is a stronger and more accessible set of songs than those that featured on `Renmin Park'. Featuring Margo Timmins' customary mellow and haunting voice, it is not afraid to rock out on tracks like Strange Language and the stark Flirted With You All My Life, the Junkies being one of the few bands whose sound has become progressively louder as they have got older. Best of all is a version of the lovely Betty Lonely, Margo's spooked-out vocals underpinned by a deceptively benign instrumental that has an undercurrent of hidden menace that would not be out of place on a David Lynch film soundtrack. The late Vic Chesnutt was a friend to the band, and a collaboration had been mooted for many years. In the event, this tribute became `only fitting', and in the band's own words, a `labour of love'. An idiosyncratic songwriter, with a vocal style often reminiscent of Kurt Wagner, Chesnutt was something of an acquired taste, but the Junkies pay homage with dignity to a broad catalogue of material crying out to be shared with a wider audience. `Demons' is both a fitting tribute and showcase for Chesnutt's work, but also stands on its own merits as one of the Cowboy Junkies' strongest sets of recent material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ... an excellent tribute to late songwriter ... 10 Mar 2011
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Vic Chesnutt was an American singer / songwriter. Left partially paralysed by a car accident in 1983, on Christmas Day 2009, he died of an overdose, following a reported suicide attempt, at the age of 45. He had toured alongside the Cowboy Junkies, and they had planned to make a record with Chesnutt. So, the projected collaboration ended up as this tribute, with the Junkies performing an album's worth of Chesnutt's songs.

The last Nomad Series album, "Renmin Park" was inspired by a visit to China, and wasn't the easiest of listens. However, despite the undertone of tragedy, and the torment inherent in the songs of Vic Chesnutt, this actually makes for a better record. The album title actually gives the fame away, as "Demons" were the central focus of the songs written by Chesnutt. Presented here by the purity of Margo Timmins voice, they take on a new dimension, far away from the croak of their originator, and end up presenting an even bleaker worldview.

There is a surprising amount of upbeat arrangements on the record, but nothing takes away from the darkness of the soul displayed on songs like 'Square Room', the Chesnutt track that has always resonated with me most. "Just a tired old alcoholic, waxing bucolic, shivering and homesick, staring at a wooden floor, staring at a wooden floor. Last night I nearly killed myself, chasing rum with rum, there were crows flying all around my head, and I sure caught and ate me some."

There's some amazing guitar playing on 'Supernatural', the stripped down 'Flirted With You All My Life' is just heart rending, and the arrangement on 'Square Room' is almost invisible at times, but still remarkable. The final number, 'When The Bottom Fell Out' is introduced by Chesnutt himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste money on heating bills . . . 21 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
. . . warm yourself with this album instead!

I used to be a fairly high-maintenance Junkies junkie (so to speak), but in recent years had kinda lost track/interest in their new releases. There were always a couple of songs I loved - I was unhealthily obsessed with Brand New World and Follower 2 from At The End Of Paths Taken, for example - but for various reasons, buying their albums was becoming harder to justify to myself. So until pointed at Demons by a friend, I was completely unaware of the whole existence of The Nomad Series. With apologies to anyone who saw Vol.2 coming in whatever's on Vol.1: Renmin Park, listening to Demons streamed via the band's website has absolutely blown me away.

A whole album of songs written by their deceased friend Vic Chesnutt could have been a horribly maudlin project. As talented a songwriter as Chesnutt was, his voice was always rather 'marmite'; subject matter frequently insular, depressive even; and his preferred arrangements (at least on the couple of albums I own) often sparse. Given the Junkies standard template, I was expecting something quite faithful to the originals, and possibly even hard work to listen to. But from the loud'n'proud rock opening chords of Wrong Piano onwards, this is just a joy. Constantly surprising, very upbeat, there is a warmth to this record that positively powers out from the speakers. Chesnutt is celebrated rather than mourned, and it works a treat. Take Flirted With You All My Life, for example. Vic's refrain of "Oh death I am not ready" was a fearful plea: Margo's take is more like a bravado ' on yer bike, you!' dismissal of The Reaper from her presence.

It's not all fun and frolics, mind. Square Room sounds exactly how casual Cowboy Junkies fans would expect it to.
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