Rainy Day Music
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The first bars of Stumbling through the Dark, the simple chord progression, the layers of instrumentation building up until the drums kick in then the voices holding it all together, harmony and counter harmony. And the one thing that rings out is the simplicity of it all. A great production, open and clear allows the instruments to come through separate but together.
All the reviews I've read rely on other bands as markers. It sounds like the Burrito's, it sounds like the Eagles, and it's the Byrds, CSNY revisited. It's all of these but more importantly it's the Jayhawks. That's not to say references can't be made. Marc Perlman's bass lines could have come straight from John Wesley Harding era Dylan. The guitar on SarahJane out Keefs Keith Richards. One Man's problem has a Stones swagger to it. Don't let the world get in your way draws heavily on Bowie but takes Major Tom to a bar and gets him drunk on good whiskey and makes him empty his heart.
But when people have to use comparisons drawn from the past, it's because they don't sing songs like these anymore. And these are songs - not samples or compressed theft from others with more talent.Read more ›
There will be those who still say the Jayhawks aren't the same without Mark Olson. Well, yes, this is a different incarnation of the Jayhawks. One, in my opinion, just as glorious as when Olson was co-fronting the band. Gary Louris has had the bravery to march forward into new territory, to constantly challenge himself and his bandmates by respecting the past but never trying to relive it. With 'Rainy Day Music' the Jayhawks continue to evolve. I can't wait to see what's next.
"Rainy Day Music" brings them back home. Soaring harmonies are everywhere. So are nice touches of banjo, pedal steel, mandolin and keyboards. Just what you'd expect from a Jayhawks disc. The first half of the record compares favorably to the best of the group's work with "Tailspin," "Save It For a Rainy Day" and "Angelyne" taking their place alongside tasty oldies like "Waiting for the Sun" and "I'd Run Away." "All the Right Reasons" might be the best ballad the band has produced in half a decade.
Reverberations of the sheen of "Smile" show up in two Beatles'-flavored cuts, "The Eyes of Sarah Jane" and "Don't Let the World Get in Your Way," while "Madman" recalls '80s CSN (which may be good or bad, depending upon your perspective). There are a couple of duds on the disc's latter half.
In the main, though, "Rainy Day Music" is a promising return to form. I slipped it into the player leaving D.C. on a road trip recently and when the album finished, I hit play again -- and then again for a third time. It's that kind of disc.
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Listened to this album once through on Spotify and immediately knew I had to buy it. One of those rare albums where every song hit me and I never wanted to skip through a song. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris R. Shapard
The songs are good, but something about the recordings feels sketchy.
It feels like an unfinished production to me. Some songs seems rushed out. Read more
Vinyl format (2LP, single pocket jacket, printed paper inner record sleeves)
LP Track Listing:
1. Stumbling Through the Dark
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Music is just great. I'm a big fan of this Band. Being picky here. On my copy of the double CD, the track listing on the cover AND BOTH labels, do not correspond to the way the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ---- John D
Great underrated roots rock album. These guys should have been household names.Published 13 months ago by Scott Chomistek
Jayhawks do it again...great group still crazy after all others yearsPublished 13 months ago by the wise one