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"Our problem isn't a dearth of ideas, but rather a surplus," says Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. "For the first time, we are completely free of any recording contracts and obligations. We find ourselves writing and recording more than we have in years, our studio feels more and more like home, and the band now has twenty-five years under the hood and is sounding so darn ... Read more in Amazon's Cowboy Junkies Store

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WGP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Black Eyed Man, an album that sounds like an aural facsimile of the parched earth in dead-heat summer, keeps the Cowboy Junkies' quiet, lonesome pop integrity intact. Michael Timmins's guitar threatens to cut loose from the band's low-key mooring, and "Oregon Hill" presents a touch of Southern blues. But it's all tempered by Margo Timmins's dusted-with-longing voice. The band is her pack and follows her voice, almost slowing to the vocal pacing. That facet marks the Junkies as a responsive, listenerly unit, touched by a unique rural-country-music bug, one that steers toward clear, patient guitar picking and a lot more to keep things moving with all deliberate quietude. Then there are the tributes that pair the Canadian quartet with Townes Van Zandt, which proves to be a fruitful musical handshake that takes the Junkies up a few notches in their speed (on Van Zandt's "To Live Is to Fly"). --Andrew Bartlett

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I really have to be in the mood for it.
Rich Latta
I'm writing this review to encourage readers who might have heard of Cowboy Junkies and want a good place to start.
John Truslow
His lyrics are masterful at telling a story and conveying an image at the same time.
Janet Chandler

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By bigdog33@airmail.net on April 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
As an admitted Junkies devotee, I've listened to everything they've put out that I can get my hands on. Despite many good albums, Black Eyed Man is the one to which I consistently return when I want to hear the best of the Junkies. Although Trinity Session -- the other must-own -- is fantastic for its sparse arrangement, Black Eyed Man features the two most underappreciated qualities the Junkies possess: Michael Timmins's writing and Jeff Bird's awesome mandolin. How often is it that you hear a performance that defines an instrument? Jeff Bird has that kind of effect on me with his mandolin on "Murder Tonight in the Trailer Park," as do Timmins's lyrics. As for Timmins' lyrics, his perceptiveness and storytelling ability are present from the lyrics in other Junkies material, but none are as captivating or interesting -- although perhaps less introspective than in later recordings -- as on Black Eyed Man. For the best of the Junkies, buy and listen to them in this order: Trinity Sessions, Black Eyed Man, and then, at 4.5 stars, Pale Sun Crescent Moon. It rocks in a way that the others don't, and moves in a more edgy direction.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Truslow on March 15, 2005
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I'm writing this review to encourage readers who might have heard of Cowboy Junkies and want a good place to start. This is your album. Black Eyed Man is wonderful, soulful, perhaps even visual music that is bound to please you. The music here is very easy to listen to, has tracks that are easily distinguished from each other, and is memorable for the amblin' mood it creates. This is not "easy listening" in the elevator sense of the phrase - you can rest assured that you will find intelligent constructions and complex lyrics. For another fantastic place to start, try their album "Trinity Sessions" along with this one. The two together give you a strong foundation to explore the other styles of this talented band.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on September 30, 2000
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After THE TRINITY SESSION, BLACK EYED MAN is a second masterpiece in the Cowboy Junkies' career. Like BLONDE ON BLONDE for Bob Dylan, the album marks a new frontier for the canadian band ; " Let's go electrical " whispers the Timmins family between two guitar solos of brother Michaël and Ken Myhr.
The three songs composing the tribute to Townes Van Zandt, COWBOY JUNKIES LAMENT, TOWNES BLUES and TO LIVE IS TO FLY are simply perfect. And you will even have the pleasure to hear Margo swing (yes!) in TOWNES, a song written by Michaël Timmins.
A HORSE IN THE COUNTRY is a beautiful melancholic song and IF YOU WERE THE WOMAN AND I WAS A MAN an instant standard that will haunt your room for many nights. I just cannot understand why the songs of the Cowboy Junkies are not played more often at the radios, Michaël Timmins has the not so frequent gift to be able to add soulful words to great melodies.
A CD for your library. Warmly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on May 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A really special record. Not all CJ albums have clicked with me, but this one makes a major connection. THE TRINITY SESSIONS often gets the credit for being their best, but as beautiful as that one is, it's also really slow, stark, and depressing. I really have to be in the mood for it. But I delight in hearing BLACK EYED MAN nearly any ol' time. All the tracks were written by guitarist Michael Timmins (brother of drummer Peter Timmins and ethereal-voiced sister Margo Timmins - bassist Alan Anton rounds out the quartet) save for two tracks written by the late, great Townes Van Zandt. These are gorgeous slice-of-life songs, rich and melodious with lots of colorful instrumentation from some great guest musicians. Several of these tracks are actually pretty upbeat and rockin' (at least as far as the Junkies' standards are concerned) but the band is truly at the top of its game on the sad songs. All around, the musicianship here is top-notch, first rate, absolutely impeccable.

My personal impressions of BLACK EYED MAN:

"Southern Rain" - a laid-back, easy going country-ish rocker and a rather melancholy tale of a woman's grateful return home to Georgia after leaving life on the West coast with an unfaithful lawyer. *****

"Oregon Hill" - this one has a great country/blues shuffle with intriguing elements mixed in including New Orleans jazz horns. Great lyrics on this one, on each of these songs in fact. *****

"This Street, That Man, This Life" - Margo's arresting voice is at once ghostly and sexy. So incredibly seductive. She shines on every tune, including this low key track about a place with a dark past.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DMF on January 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's strange. I bought this disk a few years back, listened to a few tracks without really being impressed. Then, this fall, I plucked it back in the radio and started REALLY listening. I was amazed! What a fantastic collection of songs about love, life. The CJs have a strange way of creating music that the listener will appreciate more after the third or fourth go 'round. Then the complexity of the sounds and the beauty of the lyrics come through. They are an amazing collection of musicians! Copiers of no one, and brave enough to create music that is unlike anything else out there today. If you've never bought one of their disks, don't allow this review to scare you off, thinking "I gotta listen to it a lot before it's good?" Instead take it as an account by me that there are great layers to their work that become more interesting with each listen. This is true of all their work; and this is their best! Great disk! I still keep three of my six slots filled with Cowboy Junkies.
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