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  • Audio CD (October 21, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House
  • ASIN: B000001BBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With very little fanfare, Iowa-based Greg Brown has quietly put together one of the finest singer/songwriter careers of his generation. Perhaps he's ignored because he's neither as sentimental as our "sensitive" singer/songwriters nor as overstated as our "innovative" artists. Instead he writes understated, unflinchingly honest, unromantic stories about working-class folks in the Midwest and then delivers these songs in a gravelly baritone filled with hints of Dylanesque folk, Delta blues, and Hank Senior honky-tonk. His 13th album, Slant 6 Mind, pulls off the devilish trick of mixing jokes and despair--often in the same song. The album's title comes from the first song, "Whatever It Was," a laundry list of all the things that have gone from good to worse in America. There's genuine anger in the way he describes farmland chopped into housing developments, main streets turned into ghost towns and conversation replaced by TV and the Internet. And yet he is surely chuckling when he delivers such punch lines as, "She says, `Come hither,' but when I get hither she is yon," and "It's been quite a week, there was a drive-by shooting in Lake Wobegon." The reason these jokes work so well is that Brown sings them in the same deadpan drawl that he does his fiercest indictments. He respects the intelligence of his listeners enough to assume we'll be able to tell the difference. And because he allows us the pleasure of deciphering his songs ourselves, we learn how anger, hope, and humor are not opponents so much as partners.

Many songwriters have paid tribute to Robert Johnson, but few have captured the mystery and power of that legendary bluesman as Brown does on "Dusty Woods." Kelly Joe Phelps's slide guitar lends a Delta blues feel to several other songs, and there's an eerie mystery as well to songs such as "Speaking in Tongues," a sincere tribute to holy-roller churches, and "Billy from the Hills," a tribute to his backwoods father. Many of 1997's albums are more obvious than Slant 6 Mind, but few have been as substantial. --Geoffrey Himes

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This is easily one of the best albums I've ever listened to.
Alan Ellis (ellisalan@aol.com)
Brown has a keen eye, a great way with words and a wry sense of humor, and all of that comes out here in ways that aren't always possible in a typical folk ballad.
Joe Skrote
For most it does not come easy, but the truth usually hurts...and once you hear it you get hooked.
Benedict P. Mercadante

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on December 26, 2000
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This is Greg Brown's best yet! He turned some sort of corner with Further in (96), some sort of move toward the older, wiser and more moving, but with Slant 6 Mind he has produced his masterpiece. I saw him with Bo Ramsey at the University of Utah this fall, and it was amazing to hear the sound produced by just the two of them. Bo watches the strings as he plays bluesy electric guitar, and so his cowboy hat is always low over his face and he bobs and weaves around so energetically on his skinny legs, it's a wonder he doesn't fall over. The album starts out strong with the title track, a bitter attack on the commodification of everything: "I was looking for what I loved... Whatever it was, it's gone." The best song, and the album's centerpiece, is "Billy From the Hills," for and about Greg's father. What is celebrated here is a life of integrity, a real life close to the land:

"You can strip the trees, foul the streams, try to hide in progressive dream, ease into the comfort that kills. Before I do that, I'll grab my pack and disappear with Billy from the hills."

Greg's father was a preacher, and despite Greg's humor and earthiness, he is clearly passing on some strong moral teaching.
Another great Greg Brown album from 2006 is The Evening Call!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Ellis (ellisalan@aol.com) on December 10, 1998
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Want to know what life in the small-town Midwest feels like? This album catches the feel of my childhood in Minnesota and Iowa completely. This is easily one of the best albums I've ever listened to. The music hits you like a massive hammer, knocks you down and leaves you hungry for more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2003
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Johnny Cash fans might dig Greg Brown.

He's got a folk sound, but with a blues undertone, and a western overlay. There's a Bruce Cockburn sensibility, with some nuances of Elvis Costello. Even Bob Dylan fans will find something in "Slant 6 Mind," especially those struck by Dylan's "Time Out of Mind" and "Oh Mercy" albums.

Brown has a deep, relaxed voice. The guitars are sometimes picked, sometimes strummed, with a jazz-folk, front-porch flavor.

The lyrics are personal, in the manner of Springsteen and Van Morrison, though not as blue collar thematically. He draws, instead, from the experiences of a rural, country growing up.

From the first song, "Whatever it was," he slides in some ironic humor:

"She says, "Come hither", but when I get hither she is yon.
I was looking for what I loved. Whatever it was, it's gone."

It is all visual and metaphoric throughout the album, like his envisioning of blues man Robert Johnson, in a mournful lowing "Dusty"

"He licks the pencil, looks around, writes a few words down,
and pulls a moan from his guitar
A hound dog answers low and he stands up real slow
He's got a ways to go, he don't know how far"

Find passion and slow slide guitars and harmonicas, rich mixing that never overwhelms a song. Buy it for your next long drive down I-80 or up Rt. 66 and put it on repeat. You'll like it the first time, and it'll grow on you.

I fully recommend "Slant 6 Mind" by Greg Brown.

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benedict P. Mercadante on September 2, 2005
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Brown takes you from some backwoods small town sawdust pile right into the armpit grit of the modern world of urban distortion,tecnology,cynicism and everything in between. But the real human element is always there, the good the bad and the who give's a damn...you just got to listen. For most it does not come easy, but the truth usually hurts...and once you hear it you get hooked.Both Bo Ramsey's and Greg Brown's playing is unbelievable, the musical blend of these two wizards is a tapestry of "less is more" in a style most muscians never achieve, the ultimate fusionists. I was floored when I first heard this six or seven years back, and I just re-purchased ...it's all as relevent or more so then ever. Brown has timeless raw insights to share, Americana a la 21st century. Mr. Brown has a stack of albumns, I have heard most and never found the music or prose lacking.Thank you Mr. Brown.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1998
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This CD has not left my 5 disk carrousel in the 8 months I've owned it. Greg Brown is amazingly creative--at times deeply reflective while wonderfully funny at others. The music is intelligent and sincere. Greg Brown is an American treasure in my opinion. To know him is to love him, as they say. Additionally, the recording quality is excellent.
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By Alfred Johnson on October 12, 2009
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The first two paragraphs have been used in other reviews of folk musician/singer/songwriter Greg Brown's work.

Greg Brown is a particular kind of folk singer who before I listened to his "Greg Brown-The Live One " album reviewed elsewhere in this space I had not really paid attention to since the days of my early youth when I listened intently to Woody Guthrie whose songs were seemingly forged from the very heart of Americana. As a child of the urban folk revival of the 1960's I got caught up in listening to the more political message songs provided by the likes of Bob Dylan or Phil Ochs. As a poet/singer/songwriter Greg has come out of the heartland of America, like Woody, in a fury to write and sing his tales of love, remembrance, tragedy, desperation and, on occasion, just pure whimsy. He is thus in very good company, and belongs there.

His songs evoke, under more modern conditions to be sure, the days gone by when the community spirit of small town life meant something. A strong bass voice grainy with the trials and tribulations of life lend authenticity to his words, as does strong guitar playing when necessary. Needless to say the variety of topics covered in his songs speak for themselves from Grandma's food cellars to vanishing Iowa family farms to sweaty nights of lovemaking entwined with the up and down battles of love and, of course, the ubiquitous bouts of fishing that gain more than a nod in his albums.

Outstanding here are the song for his father, the evocative "Billy From The Hills", Dusty Woods", and "Hurt So Nice". As always Greg is on top when singing about the seamy side of life, love and the mysteries of human existence out in the heartland.
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