Demons

February 15, 2011 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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  • Original Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Label: Cowboy Junkies Inc.
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  • Total Length: 47:41
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  • ASIN: B004LHJFTK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,070 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This album is the second of what the Junkies are calling their "Nomad Series."
Thomas E. Davis
Whether you are a Cowboy Junkies fan or a Vic Chesnutt fan you will want to add this disc to your music collection.
Janet Chandler
The band is playing in their recognizable style and doing terrific justice to the Chesnutt songs.
Gaylen Halbert

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2011
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And when I say "made in heaven," I don't just mean that figuratively. The great singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt is no longer with us, having ended his own life on Christmas Day of 2009. Although Vic was an atheist who had no use for notions of an afterlife, his wonderful, idiosyncratic music lives on. He was an icon to both lovers of Americana and admirers of his drive to create despite disabilities (an accident at age 18 paralyzed much of his body).

He collaborated with an amazing spectrum of performers, including Cowboy Junkies (on their 2007 album "Trinity Revisited"), Bill Frisell, Widespread Panic, Van Dyke Parks, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, and Billy Bob Thornton (with whom he acted in the film "Sling Blade"). His songs were covered by the likes of Madonna, R.E.M., Garbage, Cracker, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Soul Asylum. But leave it to our alt-country neighbors to the north to pay him a fitting final tribute.

This album is the second of what the Junkies are calling their "Nomad Series." They cover Chesnutt's oeuvre in a classic, low-key, instantly recognizable style. Michael Timmins' guitars, both acoustic and electric, buzz hypnotically as his sister Margo dreamily sings and whispers the dark, introspective lyrics. Piano, organ, bass, drums, mandolin, and other instruments join in to cast a subtle, mesmerizing, often disturbing spell.

The first two tracks, "Wrong Piano" and "Flirted with You All My Life," kick things off with anthemic ballads, the latter addressed to death itself. After this the CD settles down into a subdued groove for three acoustic cuts, "See You Around," "Betty Lonely," and "Square Room." The latter song, about a suicidal alcoholic, is one of the bleakest musical statements ever recorded.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Jones on August 25, 2011
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I have been listening to the Cowboy Junkies since I was about 13 years old. Well, perhaps, I should clarify, I took up listening to the Cowboy Junkies when I was thirteen years old, and have owned every album they have made from Whites off Earth Now to Miles from Home. I have seen them live (they were fantastic), and tried to read and listen to every interview with the band that I could possibly get my hands on. Then the 2000s came and I kind lost interest in them, though I have always counted Black Eyed Man as one of the top five albums ever recorded, better than Abbey Road in mind, but maybe not as good Tapestry by Carol King. Anyway, the decade past and I never played one Cowboy Junkies song. I still admired them as a band, but there has been so much great music put out between 2000 and 2010, I really didn't work to keep up with what the Cowboy Junkies were up to. I know they rerecorded The Trinity Sessions, and I have meant to purchase it, but I have yet to get around to it.

Anyway, one musician I fell in love with during the last decade was Vic Chestnutt. What a sweet, insightful, thoughtful soul and it breaks my heart to think of all the Demons he must have carried around inside of him during his short, tragic life. He is such a fantastic writer and singer and given that he could only really play 3 chords on his guitar, he played the hell out of the thing. So when I learned the Cowboy Junkies recorded some of VC's music, I had to get the CD.

The Cowboy Junkies, and Margo Timmons in particular, have this very lovely way of taking another musicicans' song and making it their own without outshining the original artist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JG on April 1, 2011
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Vic Chesnutt carried a lot of pain with him after he became a paraplegic as a teenager. There are few musicians who could convey such sadness as beautifully and eloquently, and in the process, touch the hearts of countless others who could relate because of their own personal sadness. One such musician is Jim White, who opened for Chesnutt on part of a tour about 10 years ago. At the time, White commented "...if you think my songs are sad (some of which are incredibly so)...Vic takes sadness to new levels...". Indeed he did, but at least to this listener, not in a depressing way.

A couple of years ago, Mr. Chesnutt sat in with the Junkies when they re-recorded their classic "Trinity Session" record (see my separate amazon review of that), and he helped to imbue that record with great beauty.

As you listen to the Junkies covering his songs on this record, you'll feel Chesnutt's spirit coming through. It's abundantly clear that they miss him greatly. We all do, Vic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gaylen Halbert on March 3, 2011
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The Cowboy Junkies performing Vic Chesnutt songs IS a match made in heaven as per reviewer Davis. I liked volume 1 in the Nomad Series [Renmin Park], but I like Demons much better. The band is playing in their recognizable style and doing terrific justice to the Chesnutt songs. Although I am not familiar with the "musical guests", I found their contributions were a welcome enhancement to to this wonderful album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg VINE VOICE on February 25, 2011
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I'm a huge fan of the late singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt. His voice and "stylings" were highly distinctive--his vocals having perhaps some kinship with Bob Dylan, and his guitar playing, due to his partial paralysis, bearing resemblance to pretty much no one. With such unique sounds, despite excellent lyrics and songwriting, there's some concern that another artist might ruin the songs. Cowboy Junkies demonstrate forcefully on this CD that this need not be the case, and that their take on such songs as "Supernatural" and "When the Bottom Fell Out" are just as potent, just as haunting as they were in the original. If anything, for those who might have been a bit put off by some of Chesnutt's less-than-mainstream-sounding quirkiness, Junkies might have sufficiently smoothed out the sounds to make them accessible to a wider audience.

I'll never not listen to Vic in the raw. There is pain and whiskey and gravel in that throat, and the fumbling caress of uncooperative fingers on frets, that no one can or should imitate. But "Demons" consists of songs one could actually put on in the background to a rainy Sunday afternoon and just let wash over you. Vic's voice was never that...forgiving.
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