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This review is from: Tomorrow The Green Grass (Audio CD)
It's surprising that the review at the top of the page rates Holywood Twn Hall higher than this, and I would argue that you'd be hard-pressed to find many people who concur. Whilst HTH may have been more guitar-driven and straight-ahead country rock, the dynamics of the material here really marks the zenith of the Jayhawks achievements. The addition of violins and a poppier sensibility really gives the songs a greater completeness, a sense that they could not be improved on.
From Blue onwards, it's difficult to skip a song. You might read the sleeve and think, "I'll just miss a couple and go on to 'Bad Time'" but then the first bars of Two Hearts ease in and you take your hovering finger from the CD player.
The tone, as you'd expect from the Jayhawks, is consistently bright, but there's a pervading sadness to the set. Very much akin to looking back whistfully on a childhood. It's a difficult emotion to pin down but it satisfies wondrously.
High points (and there are many) include the breathtaking "Blue" and "Bad Time", but my personal favourite is the agonisingly restrained "Ann Jane", a song that reinforces the notion that you don't have to say everything in a lyric - combined with the haunting accompaniment, this join the dots becomes a wrenchingly sad look back on a pained life.
Every song is excellent. More directly connectable with Gram Parsons and, in a sideways sort of way, Fairport Convention, the only thing that stops me pinning on a fifth star is that Gram got their first and defined this genre - that said, few have revisited it with such emotional power since.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2011 19:43:27 GMT
Peter Stockwell says:
I'm one who prefers Hollywood Town hall, but after several years of effort this is growing on me :)
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