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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well like others i was able to draw comparisons with the sounds of the Eagles, CSN, Poco and various other 70's country/rock/power pop bands. Read morePublished on 4 April 2010 by Musicat
Brilliant album...if you like The Eagles / CSN&Y / West coast USA style of sound with great harmonies .. this is for you!Published on 1 April 2009 by Bryan Jones
The Thorns is a one off (so far) musical collaboration between the powerpop inspired Mathew Sweet and the rock/country leanings of Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2008 by Mr. Christopher J. Welch