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At the End of Paths Taken

Cowboy JunkiesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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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 (April 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Cowboy Junkies' gothic Americana takes a psychedelic hue on At the End of Paths Taken, replete with Beatlesque string sections and snarling, distorted guitar leads. It's an often epic album, exemplified by the opening track, "Brand New World," which starts off like a lament and ends with a triumph of surging strings. Atop it all sits singer Margo Timmins. She's the lover everyone wants, a voice that is at once world-weary and inviting, domineering and seductive. She's the perfect vehicle for writer and brother Michael Timmins--especially on an album that deals with adult themes--because if nothing else, Margo sounds like an adult, a woman who has experienced the world and life and things that maybe we shouldn't talk about. A mother's frustration never sounded as ominous and threatening as on "Cutting Board Blues." Sitting astride a buzzsaw guitar riff and a groove of doom, she talks about walking away from it all, leaving her cutting board behind. Many of the themes concern adulthood and children with a sense of despair about the world those children are entering on songs like "My Little Basquiat." There are moments of light and hope on At the End of Paths Taken, but overall it is a deliriously dark and brooding album. --John Diliberto

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Despite its title, the new Cowboy Junkies album, At the End of Paths Taken, is as much about new beginnings as it is about endings. It is also about human connections, the struggle to sustain those connections over time, and the complexities that can arise even when those connections are maintained. It is, in other words, a classic Cowboy Junkies album - a suite of smart, richly textured songs that value subtlety over broad, generic strokes, songs that prize insight and casual revelations over easily digestible clichés. Family lies at the heart of the album's eleven songs, and, of course, that is appropriate, too. Three of the band's members - singer Margo Timmins; songwriter, producer and guitarist Michael Timmins; and drummer Peter Timmins - are siblings, and bassist Alan Anton has been a member since the group formed in Toronto in 1985. Few bands have lasted nearly as long with their original line-up intact, and fewer still have created as consistently satisfying a body of work.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same Talent, Different Direction April 20, 2007
By Jules
Format:Audio CD
This album is very different from the work the Cowboy Junkies did in the nineties and late eighties (I haven't listened to the 2004 One Soul Now, so I'm not sure how it compares). Their characteristic harmonica has taken a vacation, and drums have a much larger role along with several additional instruments (many that I can't even correctly identify). Further, the music is more complex, layered and psychedelic than in their 80's and 90's albums. Finally, their themes have changed, and instead of being about heartbreak, violence and despair and they are now about "family" (using Margo's term).

I have noticed these same changes in other artists' music as they have matured. In most cases, I have found these developments disappointing (Sting, Annie Lennox, Tori Amos, Peter Gabriel) as it seems like the angst and edge that originally drove these artists' creativity later gave way too something over-worked, something more science than art, something more benignly pleasant than engaging. In this case, however, I am not disappointed for the most part. Margo's hauntingly beautiful voice is still entrancing (although its changed a little too). The family themes are real rather than overly sentimental. The Cowboys still have some edge, as shown in Cutting Board Blues. And there's still some of that forlorn feeling of their earlier work in Spiral Down. It Doesn't Really Matter Anyway has a little of each and is a great song. Someday Soon didn't work for me at all, but maybe its just a matter of taste. Also, even though Mountain could be a great song, I don't like the rambling male voice in the background, its too distracting. And I wasn't hip on the kids' voices in My Only Guarantee, even though it would also be an otherwise great song.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic May 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've just listened to this once, so there's probably so much more that I didn't catch yet. But what a fantastic, gorgeous, and enthralling album. This is the Junks 11th studio release - and it's the same band from when they began more than 20 years ago. But this is not the same sound sonically. Michael's guitar playing and approach continues to mature and grow (listen to Cutting Board Blues). Margo's voice has never sounded better, IMO - it's like a fine wine aging to perfection. Peter is here, along with long-time guests Jaro Czerwinec and Jeff Bird. Alan's trademark bass is very under-stated on most of the tracks, though. But the big difference is the presence of strings on nearly all of the songs. It's a great fit with Margo's voice and the tone of the album, which is very oriented towards family. There's a children's choir on the ending song, along with a recording of Father Timmins (which makes up the under-lying element of Mountain).

Highlights of the album are Cutting Board Blues, My Little Basquiat, Follower 2, and It Doesn't Really Matter. The album reminds me of Open in some ways - a big departure in sound from their previous albums. I'd rank it up there with One Soul Now, which is my favourite album of theirs in the last decade (Caution Horses remains my personal favourite).

Buy the album - and don't forget to see the band live if they're coming to your neck of the woods (unfortunately no Texas dates yet - drat).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Junkies Just Improve With Age June 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
How anyone could rate this less than five stars is completely beyond me. I have followed the Junkies since their second album, and really got into them with an assigned review of 'Lay It Down', which I still consider a masterpiece. But this recording is something else entirely. I've lived with it now for quite awhile (I think I had it about a month before official release, so add that time to the date of this 'review'), and I'm still awed by its strength in all directions. The writing is superb, Michael's guitar work gets better and better as time goes on, Margo's voice sounds more tuned and better than it did twenty something years ago with 'Whites Off Earth Now', and the arrangements (including strings) are simply amazing. Try listening to 'Brand New World' (the first track), and see if you don't feel optomistic about the world today. By the time the closing track, 'My Only Guarantee' finishes, it's clear that you've reached the end of THIS path taken, but I can't wait to hear where they will go next. I stand up and applaud this grand achievement of the Junkies, quite possibly the finest recording of their long career and one I will treasure for years to come. Now if they would only issue it on vinyl too...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great CD... April 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I am a longtime Cowboy Junkies fan. Their sound has taken various twists and turns over their various releases, but overall they still find a way to keep their "signature" sound within each release. "At The End of Paths Taken" is yet another example. They still sound like the Junkies, but again, they have found a way to incorporate something different and new in this release. I love it. The mellowness, the moodiness, the creativity, the complexity. I think it's one of their best. There's something that just grabs you in from the first song, and makes you want to keep listening until the last. It's easy to get lost in this CD. Thanks for more great music, CJ's!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars They only make fine albums
The CD works and it showed up quickly. The group sounded great. (that's it) if I keep getting pestered for more words, I'll stop reviewing.
Published 18 months ago by Ron Hess
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as their earlier works
it use to be i would look forward to a new cowboy junkies album and when ever i would buy it i was not disappointed. unfortunately i think those days are gone. Read more
Published 18 months ago by joshua e.
3.0 out of 5 stars Margo?
Um, a little weird. Not really sure how to take this album as I love the Cowboy Junkies. This one is almost like someone stopped taking their medicine and went partially deaf.
Published 18 months ago by Tony the Pony
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all good
Just got Cowboy Junkies latest album "At The End Of Paths Taken". I listened to it a couple of times before going on line to post my comments. Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Janet Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Original beauty
This music builds a magical space wherever it is played.
No need to blast this CD. Let it soak in at a natural volume.
Published on November 28, 2011 by H. NELSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy Junkies
Is it just me, or do the Cowboy Junkies get better with age ? I never tire of listening. Buying this cd on the fly,so to speak, I am not disapointed. Read more
Published on June 2, 2009 by Karen E. Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Atop it all sits singer Margo Timmins.
Amazon said it best. How this band could remain so under appreciated for so long is almost criminal. This CD is a must have just for Cutting Board Blues alone. Read more
Published on January 6, 2009 by Monchichipox
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Timmins . . . please just let Margo sing . . . by herself
I have been a Cowboy Junkies fan for 15+ years at this point. And I really have to say, if it ain't broke, please don't try to fix it. Read more
Published on October 21, 2008 by Deborah Zabone
5.0 out of 5 stars on top of their game
Ever since I purchased this album about eight months ago, it has remained in my constant rotation. Truly a classic "concept album" in every sense of the word in regards to family,... Read more
Published on May 1, 2008 by V. J. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I have also followed the Junkies very closely since 1988 and my fascination with The Trinity Sessions. I have seen them many times in concert over the years as well. Read more
Published on March 3, 2008 by M. Johnson
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