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Limited import two CD pressing of the Alt-Country band's 2003 album includes a bonus disc that contains six previously unreleased live recordings, alternate and acoustic versions. Calling upon new influences while sticking to their guns the Jayhawks released their seventh and possibly most definitive studio album. Brimming with lush acoustic textures, the Jayhawks trademark warm and lyrically inspired songwriting is perfectly carried through listeners minds with melody. Universal. 2008.
Somewhere inside Rainy Day Music beats the heart of a very fine folk-rock record. All chiming guitars and flawless falsetto, "Stumbling Through the Dark" captures the classic Jayhawks sound, and mid-tempo rockers "Tailspin" and "Eyes of SarahJane" recall older favorites like "I'd Run Away." "All the Right Reasons" floats on heavenly harmonies and "Save It for a Rainy Day" succeeds with nifty vocal interplay and a bright melodic hook. Yet, even with its share of jangle-pop gems, the disc also offers a few bland strummers that never quite take off. "One Man's Problem" boasts a catchy chorus but a dragging verse, and when chief songwriter Gary Louris hands the reins to drummer Tim O'Reagan or bassist Marc Perlman, the results suffer. The tasty pop treat "Angelyne" and an album-closing acoustic reprise of the opening track help redeem the disc's latter half, but in the end they only hint at how strong an album this might have been. (The bonus CD offers a mix of demos, alternate mixes, and live cuts.) --Anders Smith Lindall
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 7 months ago by ---- John D
Great underrated roots rock album. These guys should have been household names.Published 8 months ago by Scott Chomistek
Jayhawks do it again...great group still crazy after all others yearsPublished 8 months ago by the wise one