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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 (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Clean
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000007S8L
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New Dawn Coming
2. Blue Guitar
3. Miles From Our Home
4. Good Friday
5. Darkling Days
6. Hollow As A Bone
7. Someone Out There
8. The Summer Of Discontent
9. No Birds Today
10. Those Final Feet

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On their seventh album, the Cowboy Junkies hitch their pony to producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Verve) and inch closer toward the mainstream. As a result, Miles from Our Home's title track might be the group's most upbeat and infectious song ever. Unfortunately, it also means Miles is frequently too pretty and pleasant for its own good. Think more Sarah McLachlan, less Velvet Underground. Still, gloom reigns supreme. The atmospheric "Blue Guitar" and, presumably, the slow, shattered "At the End of the Rainbow" (a hidden track) mourn the late singer-songwriter and Junkie hero Townes Van Zandt. "Those Final Feet," a lilting, Band-like tune, marks the passing of the 94-year-old grandfather of the Timmins siblings, who comprise three fourths of the band. Translated through Margo Timmins's endlessly haunting vocals, such sentiments keep the Cowboy Junkies' cloudy mystique alive. --Neal Weiss

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On their seventh album, the Cowboy Junkies hitch their pony to producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Verve) and inch closer toward the mainstream. As a result, Miles from Our Home's title track might be the group's most upbeat and infectious song ever. Unfortunately, it also means Miles is frequently too pretty and pleasant for its own good. Think more Sarah McLachlan, less Velvet Underground. Still, gloom reigns supreme. The atmospheric "Blue Guitar" and, presumably, the slow, shattered "At the End of the Rainbow" (a hidden track) mourn the late singer-songwriter and Junkie hero Townes Van Zandt. "Those Final Feet," a lilting, Band-like tune, marks the passing of the 94-year-old grandfather of the Timmins siblings, who comprise three fourths of the band. Translated through Margo Timmins's endlessly haunting vocals, such sentiments keep the Cowboy Junkies' cloudy mystique alive. --Neal Weiss

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I actually was IMPRESSED that they could play this kind of music and it works!!
Batmanbrb
This album differs from other Cowboy Junkies works in that musically it is much popier.
William S. Beck
Please, Junkies, don't make us wait 2 years for more cutsie, geezing stuff again!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Batmanbrb on June 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Most Junkies' fans think "Trinity Sessions" was their best release, (I disagree - I think "Lay It Down" is their best) and most Junkies' fans think that with "Miles from our Home" that the Cowboy Junkies changed their sound too much and are playing music too loud and too hard. Well, granted, they DO shine the best with their acoustic ballads, but this CD isn't all that bad!! I actually was IMPRESSED that they could play this kind of music and it works!! While there are a few songs on this release that I don't listen to much, there are quite a few songs on this disc that are some of my all-time favorite Cowboy Junkie songs. "Miles from our Home" was probably a good single to release to radio, it's ok, but the 5-star songs are "Hollow as a Bone" and "Summer of Discontent". "No Birds Today", "Those Final Feet", and "Blue Guitar" are also excellent songs. Man, the piano in "Those Final Feet" is breath-takingly beautiful - wish they made sheet music for it so I could play it!! Yes, this release is a harder-sounding Cowboy Junkies (and let's face it, I'm sure GEFFEN RECORDS were putting pressure on CJ to make a release that was going to sell!), but they are such incredibly talented artists that they pull it off spendidly. This disc is worth buying even though I only listen to about half of the songs, but those half are very awesome!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Williams on June 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a big Cowboy Junkies fan, I certainly agree that this album is a bit of a departure for the band. Influences by Townes Van Zandt, the band has always been a country-blues-rock band with quiet, gloomy and laid back rhythms and movements. Miles From Our Home puts much more emphasis on the rock and electric guitar than their past six or so albums, and may be a bit of a disapointment for fans raised and weaned on The Trinity Session through Lay it Down.
But there's really nothing wrong with this new style. Margo Timmins' voice is as strong as ever, although a bit more up tempo and upbeat. It sounds more like early October than late November if you ignore the seasonal metaphor. The lyrics are as cynical as ever, and the songs are certainly as good as any that the band has produced. "New Dawn Coming","Miles From Our Home","Good Friday" & "Darkling Days" are some of the best songs the CJ have ever recorded, and there's the usual tribute to Townes Van Zandt with "Blue Guitar."
I suppose if you were expecting the band to produce an exact replica of "Lay it Down" then you may be disapointed by this album. But if you've been a Cowboy Junkies fan for years and own all of their albums like I do, then you'll welcome this slight departure and change. I don't care if its not what you were expecting...its STILL one of the bands strongest albums. I, for one, listened to nothing but this album for a week straight. Heck, maybe the band NEEDED or WANTED to do something a little different. Its not like they put out a speed metal album or anything...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mr_wickee@Yahoo.com on May 4, 1999
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As I age and find fewer and fewer current releases to my liking, I find this to be catchy and for the most part very listenable. For that reason, I agree with many of the four and five star reviews. Still, it bugs me in a nagging way each time I listen. Its not just that "Somewhere Out There" makes me cringe, which it does. I find offensive and sophmoric the CJ's reference to God as "that f**ker up there". Even if this album is about personal loss, that lyric is just not ARTFUL. And unfortunately, that is emblematic of why this album falls so far short of "Trinity Sessions" and "Black Eyed Man". They were sublime and artful. This is just a solid album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William S. Beck on December 7, 2003
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This album differs from other Cowboy Junkies works in that musically it is much popier. It is far from mainstream pop in that the lyrics are some of their best yet, this is stuff you can think about. The music has a sharper edge than their previous works, but it is clean and interesting. The Cowboy Junkies had to grow and diversify, this album shows their wings starting to truly stretch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2000
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This was the first CJ album I had purchased, and it has led me to purchase just about everything they've recorded. It definitely has a fuller, more commercial sound than their other albums. Margo Timmins' voice is extraordinary regardless of the material. She could sing ANYTHING and it would be interesting. The one dud is "Someone Out There," in which the supreme being is referred to by the big "f" word in the unedited version and by what sounds like "booger" or "bugger" or something in the edited version. Anyway, it's a song which is certainly not unlistenable but is unworthy of the CJ. I'd probably just buy the unedited version -- the "f" word is probably less bothersome than whatever she's mumbling in its place. The rest of the album is excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KCCjr on January 31, 2003
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I'm not sure what the lamenting about the Cowboy Junkies exploring new territory is about, I frankly embrace the changes and continue to adore the previous material and live concerts. The "Miles From Our Home" album is a nice, more upbeat change adding variety to their repetoire. "Blue Guitar" is an aural dream which foreshadows the almost psychadelic trips the band makes in concert. I also enjoy the third and fourth tracks a great deal. If one wants to really experience the craftsmanship of the band, see them live or listen to their recent live recordings. Michael Timmins guitar work stands out superbly and Margo's vocals are wonderful. The rest of the band is outstanding, too. Check out their website for worthy titles not available elsewhere which are fully supported by the band.
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