This beautiful album of (mostly) covers is a development from the bonus disc of covers that accompanied the Junkies' last CD One Soul Now. The band tends to release filler albums between studio recordings, primarily live albums, but by no means is this filler. The careful song choice and understated but powerful interpretations of the songs create a relevant covers album. The Junkies' continuing interpretations of Springsteen songs remain fascinating. Margo Timmins' vocal stylings on these songs are inspired, especially on You're Missing from Springsteen's The Rising album. Whilst Springsteen's mid-tempo matter of fact delivery emphasised the cruel hollowness of the song, Timmins' slower more considered delivery makes it all the more heartbreaking. What can I say about their cover of U2's overplayed One? Timmins breathes (literally) new life into it, taking it down a notch from the strained original version (and several notches from the screeching Mary J Blige version) and making it more intimate and bitter. This album is almost a return to The Trinity Sessions, but with a much more mature and confident band this time. It is a shame that this album has been so overlooked. A treasure.
on 2 August 2005
If you like Leonard Cohen at his most morbid, then you will revel in this marvellous album. Margo Timmins has a beautiful voice & from Bob Dylan's "License to Kill" at the start to U2's "One" at the end, she paints a wonderful low key mood with the group offering a perfect accoustic background. The album is an eclectic mixture of covers of other artists' material (Springsteen, Richie Havens, George Harrison, John Lennon) & traditional music, which works well from start to finish.
on 4 August 2005
wow, i was really looking forward to getting this and wasn't disappointed. Would have given feedback the day it came out, but kept going back to the cd player and listening over again, so no time to do that! This is a collection of covers (maybe that explains why no lyrics on the inlay card?? I'm used to getting those with cj music and this was my only disappointment here). Particularly love the funky I don't want to be a soldier and a One, a U2 cover. You're Missing is pretty special too and so is... hey, I'm going to end up just listing the whole cd. What can I say except I love it. Especially listening to it through big wrap around the ear headphones, shutting out the rest of the world and just sinking into the sounds. Buy if you're a cj fan, buy even if you're not. Fantastic sounds.
on 5 December 2006
The Cowboy Junkies bring their special brand of languorous melancholy to a set of covers (Dylan, Springsteen, Havens, Garrison, Lennon and U2) - with a couple of their own songs and two traditional numbers.
This is a lovely CD, and only fails to get 5 stars because of the one relatively harsh track which, for me, breaks the mood - Lennon's 'I don't want to be a soldier'.
Different people will have different favourites; for me the stand-out tracks include their own 'December skies' and a very fine version of U2's 'One'.