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The Thorns

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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Moonfog
  • ASIN: B000095IVS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Runaway Feeling
  2. I Can't Remember
  3. Blue
  4. Think It Over
  5. Thorns
  6. No Blue Sky
  7. Now I Know
  8. Dragonfly
  9. Long, Sweet Summer Night
  10. I Told You
  11. Such A Shame
  12. I Set The World On Fire
  13. Among The Living
  14. Enhanced Section

Product Description

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If ever a group's name were wrapped in florid irony, it's surely that of the Thorns. The Thorns is a bright, buoyant summit meeting of contemporary popmeisters Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge. Backed by an all-star studio ensemble that includes Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz, Brendan O'Brien and Roy Bittan, the three nominally insulated musicians do more than claim the legacy of Crosby, Stills & Nash on the harmonic riches of "Think It Over" and the glorious "Now I Know". (It's equally hard to imagine the baby-boom icons wrapping themselves around the chunky funk of the title track here or the pointed impressionistic allegory of "Dragonfly".) They also find a musical common ground that can't help but echo history in its folk-rooted vocal glories yet forges an ego-sublimating higher ground that's anything but nostalgic. Fans of the three musicians may recognise their various sensibilities at work throughout, but this is a rewarding collaboration that virtually defies deconstruction. Don't be misled by the name--this is a beautiful, accessible, musically fragrant bouquet. --Jerry McCulley

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By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album of beautifully crafted pop music immediately evokes Crosby Stills and Nashs' amazing harmonies and beautiful melodies but the story doesn't end there.Although they wear their musical influences on their sleeve,their music is fresh,exciting and new--- as well as being derivative.To find an album today that hasn't got one weak track from beginning to end ,is a bit of a rarity but "The Thorns" is one such album.
I haven't been so enthusiastic about a band and an album in a long time but these guys really hit the spot.
For fans of this kind of music --you won't be dissapppointed.
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I just hope this is more than a one-off marketing ploy to revive their solo careers. This is a wonderful album, without a bad or boring track on it. It may not (only time will tell) rank up there with Déja Vu - to name one obvious reference - but at this point, who cares? It's such a relief to hear great singing on material worth the care. It's very varied, and cleverly sequenced (with an overall tendency to the mid-paced ballad), and I've played it more than anything I've bought since the last (and criminally overlooked) Bangles album. If I have a criticism, it's that I wish there'd been a bonus disc with the demos on it, and I'm amazed I'm saying that, as I normally find that kind of plus a minus. But here, I'd love to hear the guitars more, and their voices more up-front. It's not a bad production - far from it, it's excellent of its type - it's just that there's another way for this band to go, a little rawer, a little more "live", a little more exciting, and I hope they develop into that for the next one.
For the moment - and for this summer - this one is just fine, and I'm continually uplifted by it. I hope a new generation is inspired to pick up guitars, write great songs and sing together. It's not that easy, and if the Thorns make it sound that way, that's part of their sheer class.
Buy. And while you're at it, get Doll Revolution, for pretty much the same reasons.
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Having liked 'Lullaby', I became interested in The Thorns when I heard that it numbered Shawn Mullins. I'm now really, really, wide smile kind of glad someone told me about them.
This album is about 3 guys getting together with their guitars, having a session with harmony, melody and lyrics, and clearly having a great time listening to each other and the sound they make. You can hear it in just about every song - they're really enjoying themselves.
The album contains quite a large breadth of sentiment and emotion, all described in the same style, ranging from the nod-nod wink-wink all-knowing-smile that is 'Long Sweet Summer Night', via the deeper and rather out there 'Now I Know' (which, like a couple of the others, smacks of Moody Blues influence), to the quite bleak (yet not exactly melancholy) 'Dragonfly'.
Even though they display a couple of quite heavy influences (see title), they never lose sight of their songs being theirs, and rather than making you think they aren't bringing you anything new, it gives a familiarity that you find makes the album very easy to listen to.
Well done guys, looking forward to you doing it again next time.
DS/MA
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I had never heard of The Thorns before I saw them perform as the warm up act for the Dixie Chicks. I was gone the moment they played their first chord. Their harmonies are superb and the freshness of their music is just enchanting. The minute the concert ended I went to the stall to buy their cd. This is one cd purchase I will never regret. Every song has something to offer. A worth while buy. You'd be crazy not to want to hear these guys.
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Had a copy back in 2003 and somehow managed to misplace it. At the price it was on sale for it seemed like an absolute bargain. Wonderful to hear those harmonies again. Excellent summer evening music, relaxing with a cold beer.
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This was an album by a short lived US super group. The band are particularly good at singing the harmonies - a bit like CSN a few decades before. I bought the album because I liked a song that Pete Drodge did and was pleasantly surprised just how good the album was. The songs 'runaway feeling' and 'for the living' standing out the most for me.
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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
It has taken me a long time but I have finally gotten around to hearing The Thorns- what was I thinking of? This CD is a real treat for the ears.

The Thorns aren't the first band to extol the virtues of acoustic guitars and close vocal harmonies and they surely won't be the last. But,where this folk-pop super group score is that they have the songs to back up their evident good taste and technical ability.From end to end this album is stacked with memorable Californian summertime dreamy folk pop of the highest order. This is one purchase you'll definatly be glad you made!

Comparisons can easily be drawn with bands like CSN and America and you'd be right,but it's fair to say that the group do have an identity of their own.They have managed to take a particular set of influences and create a sound that is at once easy on the ear yet with a sense of focus (no hippy noodling,here)and drive that keeps this album from descending into pastiche or tweeness.

So if you are looking for a good matured , sing-a-long album, you could do a lot worse then get The Thorns. Fave tracks include: 'No Blue Sky ', 'Think It Over' and the absolutely brilliant 'I Told You'.
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