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"Our problem isn't a dearth of ideas, but rather a surplus," says Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. "For the first time, we are completely free of any recording contracts and obligations. We find ourselves writing and recording more than we have in years, our studio feels more and more like home, and the band now has twenty-five years under the hood and is sounding so darn ... Read more in Amazon's Cowboy Junkies Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OUY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Something More Besides You (Album Version) 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. A Common Disaster (Album Version) 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Lay It Down (Album Version) 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Hold On To Me (Album Version) 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Come Calling (His Song) (Album Version) 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Just Want To See (Album Version) 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Lonely Sinking Feeling (Album Version) 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Angel Mine (Album Version) 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Bea's Song (River Song Trilogy (Album Version) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Musical Key (Album Version) 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Speaking Confidentially (Album Version) 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Come Calling (Her Song) (Album Version) 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Now I Know (Album Version) 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Cowboy Junkies ~ Lay It Down

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In 1996, the Cowboy Junkies could have gone one of two ways: they could have veered away from their familiar melancholic, somber sound or dug deeper into the groove. They chose the latter. Margo Timmins's distinctively sleepy, seductive vocals never sounded better--here she perfects the art of the subtle attack, best exemplified by the radio hit "A Common Disaster". The band knows when to pull back (it lays a spare, delicate foundation for her wispy words on tracks like "Something More Besides You" and the achingly beautiful "Now I Know") and when to let a groove build ("Speaking Confidentially", "Lay It Down", "Come Calling"). "Angel Mine" wears the band's love for country music plainly on its sleeve, and the stunning "Bea's Song" shimmers. A definite highlight in the band's career. --Lorry Fleming

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
If there were to be only one Cowby Junkies album on your shelf then most fans - and I am a fan - would agree that this should be it. 'Lay it Down', 'Come Calling (His Song)' and 'Bea's Song' would be on most lists of the band's finest tracks.
For a flavour, 'Bea's Song' seems light enough, electric guitar picking away and Margo Timmins' voice is pure and ethereal over that understated guitar. Underneath, there is a rhythym that just doesn't slow, although as you come to undertanding the lyrics, really, you'd want it to. A steel guitar emphasises the low mood without making it maudlin. One line encapsulates the mood of music and the words - 'You can always see it coming - but you can never stop it'.
Better you should find a few samples and listen but if you like intelligent, thoughtful lyrics, soulful music (with a little energy more often than not); and maybe appreciate music in a darker vein for the darker nights then do definititely listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Wistfulness probably doesn't get more understated, or more gut-wrenching, than this. Margo Timmons whispers of love and loss over distinctly low-fi arrangements, and for a while it's all deceptively easy listening. Actually, you're probably thinking this could waft around in the background at your next dinner party as the guests are sipping their Jacob's Creek.
And then WHAM! the sheer despair lyrics like "Lonely Sinking Feeling" hits you and you're choking on your wine. Cowboy Junkie's distinctly urban take on alt-country is not lounge music after all - slowly, it envelopes you in The Bluuueees...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pseudopanax VINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2005
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I have followed the Cowboy Junkies from the very beginning, and this is by far their best work. It perfectly conflates their lo-fi leanings with their rock, blues and country sensibilities and here they truly come into their own. This is dark and bitter music, despite the wistful notes here and there. The uptempo Angel Mine is the only song that lets light in on the shadowy world created by tracks such as Just Want To See, Lay It Down and Common Disaster. John Keane’s production is clear and never gets in the way of Margo Timmins’ unique smoky vocals. The slow version of Come Calling is sublime. Timmins is truly one of the most extraordinary vocalists in popular music, as hypnotising live as she is on the recorded work. They have never bettered this work, although the recent One Soul Now could be viewed as a sequel to Lay It Down, as it revisits much of the same territory both sonically and thematically. Absolutely brilliant.
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By P Knitty VINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2012
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I was introduced to Cowboy Junkies recently, by a firend. It is smooth ,cool mucic. Great for an artist to work by which is what I do. I will buy more of their albums. LOve it and can't get enough of the sophistcated Canadians. This album is a good one. I can't yet say how it compares to the others.Lay It Down
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This band are fabulous to watch live but sometimes fail to capture the mood on CD's. This is , in my opinion, their 2nd best album and includes the excellent track 'Common Disaster'.
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By C. F. Hauxwell on 30 May 2013
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just love these have got all the albums and now have them all on my Ipod have been listening to these for years now and they are just getting better
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Sweetman on 31 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
I only discovered the Cowboy Junkies in 1996, which happens to be when this album came out. But what I started with was "The Trinity Sessions" (and probably so should you). But once you've got that and "Pale Sun, Crescent Moon" this is an enjoyable addition. The sound is more polished and conventional, perhaps; but that's relative. It's certainly more like rock (sometimes I hear echoes of Jefferson Airplane, but perhaps I'm just getting old).
I find it hard to pick out tracks - the Junkies work for me as a total experience. Try a quiet room and a glass of wine. Poetry, melody, magic; and it's not even as good as it gets.
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