on 6 March 2011
Full marks to the Junkies for pushing the envelope. Trinity Sessions this ain't. Inspired by the band's Michael Timmins' time in China this is a curious attempt to meld the Chinese experience into the band's familiar sound. Oddly enough, it works in the main, particularly when it doesn't try too hard to be avant garde. Songs veer from the lovely title track 'Renmin Park' which features Margo Timmins beautifully soothing vocals to others which try more overtly to meld Chinese voices, instruments and soundscapes. Some work, others struggle to remain listenable, but generally pull it off.
A Chinese influenced album from this band was not the most obvious move, but does seem an almost natural extension to the more electric and grungey guitar sound that has featured heavily in more recent work. Essential no; interesting yes, and well worth the entrance fee.
on 5 February 2011
... there are some fine songs on this album, and Margo is in fine voice. The oriental touches are in general surprisingly well integrated.
Some real standout tracks too. Renmin Park (Michael Timmins) and I Cannot Sit Sadly by Your Side (written by Zuoxiao Zuzhou) to name but two. Worthy of inclusion in any 'best of'.
Not so keen on the Chinese street noises to be honest, but they do not intrude too much.
The only real downside is the appalling packaging. Cheap cardboard sleeve with no insert. An insult.
on 6 February 2011
Once again, the Cowboy Junkies come up with a great album! If you're a fan of their work, like me, you'll love this, which takes their trademark sound and gives it an interesting twist.