This,the third OCMS album, is a real step up.Having negotiated the dangers of the tricky second album by keeping it short and sweet and more of the same, this time they've taken a much more mature route and accordingly have changed producers to Don Was, not always the best choice,but here he does a good job.There's still plenty of bluegrass, but this album shows off their other influences and they're as diverse as Chuck Berry and Neil Young. There's a very strong Gram Parsons influence that encompasses his work with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers as well as his solo albums.And there are echoes of Jackson Browne,too.All, in my book, pretty good artists to be influenced by.Of course, all this might put off some fans who just want more of the same,but bluegrass, like all genres, can be pretty limiting and these guys have obviously absorbed far too many influences and are far too talented to be stuck in the same old groove their entire careers.
I was going to pick the standout tracks for me,but it's easier and quicker to just say that Crazy Eyes sounds like filler to me.And the Gill Landry penned Mary's Kitchen comes across as slightly second division in the company of the other songs here,although I would highly recommend Landry's own solo album to anyone who likes OCMS.My favourite track is probably their version of Lift Him Up ,which is slightly tongue in cheek and yet still moving in its own way.Highly recommended,but if you're still not sure check out their site on myspace, which currently features four songs from this album.
I stand corrected;this is the fifth OCMS album, although the first two have been unavailable for at least a couple of years and as far as I can tell are currently only available on import. Incidentally, the first album's called Eutaw, not wawaw.