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The Nocturne Diaries

Eliza Gilkyson Audio CD
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Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles.  The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father.  Since then she has released 20 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by ... Read more in Amazon's Eliza Gilkyson Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House Records
  • ASIN: B00C5JHC1E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Midnight Oil
2. The Ark
3. No Tomorrow
4. Where No Monument Stands
5. Fast Freight
6. The Red Rose and the Thorn
7. Not My Home
8. Touchstone
9. World Without End
10. Eliza Jane
11. All Right Here

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The first release in two years from one of North America's finest and most popular singer/songwriters!The album rides the wave of her on-going popular work and touring,both solo and with the folk super trio Red Horse(Eliza,John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky).A past Grammy Nominee,Gilkyson has been featured on national programming like NPR's All Things Considered and PBS Austin City Limits over the years and her albums have consistently received great airplay and won awards.Known for her powerful,emotional and literate song-writing,this new project-while not shying away from serious and topical themes-sounds an uplifting message that emphasizes our common humanity and oneness.This is an exceptionally beautiful album sure to elicit a lot of response from critics,radio programmers and fans alike.Eliza returns and delivers the masterwork of her career!

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Uncompromising 2014 album from the politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good album from Eliza Gilkyson 17 Mar 2014
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Eliza Gilkyson has been making excellent albums for a long while now and a new one after a gap of three years is very welcome. This is another really good one.

The cover photo has a sort of cosy singalong-round-the-campfire look to it, but the material here isn't cosy at all. It's melodic and very beautiful in places, but Gilkyson's Nocturnes are songs about those things which keep us awake at night with worry. She tackles a variety of subjects with her customary intelligence and insight, and although there is a general political awareness here she doesn't launch any real political missiles like Man Of God, for example. Instead she sings of forgotten soldiers in Where No Monument Stands, of child abuse in Not My Home and of more personal worries about relationships and insecurity in songs like No Tomorrow. To give a flavour, the excellent An American Boy gets into the head of a desperately unhappy young man contemplating a rampage and contains the lines:
"My parents wonder if I'm doing all right;
They keep the gun case locked up tight
With the key hanging there in plain sight
While I make my plans.
It won't be long before I come undone..."
It's a remarkable, brave and also very musical song, and others on the album are just as good.

There are lighter moments; she gently mocks her own constant worrying in Eliza Jane and the final track is a redemptive country waltz celebrating the blessing of home and family. There's also a great version of her father's song Fast Freight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars music lover 9 April 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought for my husband, it is only rarely taken off the car cd player for anything else. We both love her music, first heard on a TV series which we both enjoyed, and from there explored her music further.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eliza top class as always 19 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
having this cd pre ordered since april 2013 this has been my most anticipated cd to date. eliza has just delivered a cracking cd in my mind this cd is faultless every track is great no fill in stuff on here,where no monument stands,world without end are my favorites but all good.this is a must buy for any eliza fan,you cant go wrong
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good album from Eliza Gilkyson 18 Mar 2014
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Eliza Gilkyson has been making excellent albums for a long while now and a new one after a gap of three years is very welcome. This is another really good one.

The cover photo has a sort of cosy singalong-round-the-campfire look to it, but the material here isn't cosy at all. It's melodic and very beautiful in places, but Gilkyson's Nocturnes are songs about those things which keep us awake at night with worry. She tackles a variety of subjects with her customary intelligence and insight, and although there is a general political awareness here she doesn't launch any real political missiles like Man Of God, for example. Instead she sings of with forgotten soldiers in Where No Monument Stands, of child abuse in Not My Home and of more personal worries about relationships and insecurity in songs like No Tomorrow. To give a flavour, the excellent An American Boy gets into the head of a desperately unhappy young man contemplating a rampage and contains the lines:
"My parents wonder if I'm doing all right;
They keep the gun case locked up tight
With the key hanging there in plain sight
While I make my plans.
It won't be long before I come undone…"
It's a remarkable, brave and also very musical song, and others on the album are just as good.

There are lighter moments; she gently mocks her own constant worrying in Eliza Jane and the final track is a redemptive country waltz celebrating the blessing of home and family. There's also a great version of her father's song Fast Freight.

The songs carry Gilkyson's trademark fine, straightforward tunes and are beautifully arranged and produced, with her acoustic guitar well to the fore, lovely harmony when appropriate and some pedal steel, distorted guitar and a few other instruments placed perfectly to make every song shine. It's a pleasure to listen to and in spite of its quite serious lyrical content it is never gloomy or depressing.

I think this is a very good album from one of the finest Americana/alt-country singer-songwriters of the last three decades and more. It has the class and depth to last for many years and I recommend it very warmly.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Gilkyson's best songwriting in recent years. 29 Mar 2014
By Robert W. Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This record makes sense of the joy and grief of living in a world facing so many crises, social and ecological. Gilkyson's songs are uplifting and honest.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, but that's OK 25 Mar 2014
By W. Geary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a fan of Eliza. I have had the pleasure of seeing her in performance only once, but hope to see her again, soon. This set of songs takes time to digest, but my sense is that it will be time well spent. She has a unique voice that too few get to hear. Like the other poster, I was also struck by the songs about the teenager about to go off the rails, and the abused child longing to get out. Troubling, but compelling with Eliza's giving voice to these quietly desperate kids. There are also wonderful songs about our societal obsessions with religion and technology. So many ideas, I'm still absorbing, including the melodies.
Keep on rockin', girl! Hope to see you near Boston soon!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording 28 Mar 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Had the pleasure of being at the release performance of this one. Always a pleasure to watch and listen to Eliza. The music seems to get a little darker as she gets older and that suits me very well. Recommended to all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music and lyrics. 4 April 2014
By Supahorsenut - Published on Amazon.com
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One of Eliza Gilkyson's best albums. Her style has me singing along. Enjoy the guitar and harmony. Would like to see her in concert some time.
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