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The Thorns [Enhanced]

The ThornsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000094VMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Runaway Feeling
2. I Can't Remember
3. Blue
4. Think It Over
5. Thorns
6. No Blue Sky
7. Now I Know
8. Dragonfly
9. Long, Sweet Summer Night
10. I Told You
11. Such A Shame
12. I Set The World On Fire
13. Among The Living

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The Thorns ~ The Thorns

If ever a group's moniker were wrapped in florid irony, surely it's this bright, buoyant summit meeting of contemporary popmeisters Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins, and Pete Droge. Backed by an all-star studio ensemble that includes Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz, Brendan O'Brien, and Roy Bittan, the three nominally insulated musicians don't so much claim the legacy of Crosby, Stills & Nash on the harmonic riches of "Think it Over" and glorious "Now I Know" as find a musical common ground that can't help but echo history in its folk-rooted vocal glories (although it's hard to imagine the baby-boom icons wrapping themselves around the chunky funk of the title track here or the pointed impressionistic allegory of "Dragonfly.") Yet The Thorns forges an ego-sublimating higher ground that's anything but nostalgic. Fans of the three musicians may recognize their various sensibilities at work throughout, but it's a rewarding collaboration that virtually defies deconstruction. Don't be misled by the name--this is a beautiful, musically fragrant bouquet. --Jerry McCulley

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Place Matthew Sweet in any vocal harmony situation, and the results are always lovely, even if it's with himself. Here, however, with Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins there's no comparing the vocal harmonies with Crosby, Stills, Nash and (sometimes) Young, because they've alchemized the CSN(Y) sound perfectly on every single song.
All mid-tempo, laid-back, guitar-strumming ear candy with a slight shade of Traveling Wilburys (especially the opening track "Runaway Feeling").
Harmonies on "Such A Shame" recall The Beatles' "Because."
Personally, the surprise gem of the bunch is the cover of The Jayhawks' "Blue," a song that always gave me goosebumps and The Thorns' version continues to do so.
In sum, if you love and collect strumming guitar pop-rock containing three-part male harmonies, you would be remiss to not add this to your collection while it's at an introductory price.
As a postscript, I should say I'm approaching this as a Matthew Sweet fanatic, and would like to point to his other solo works and underappreciated contributions to Lloyd Cole's late 1980's solo albums. No doubt this Thorns CD will lead others to the respective solo works of Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins, which, looking at it all cynically, is kind of the point here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem August 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Thorns' debut CD is one of those recordings that finds its way into your player, and then (happily) just won't leave. I came to this CD mainly as a fan of Matthew Sweet, but I have always loved Shawn Mullins' voice, and Pete Droge's wit. And, this is a record where the parts add up to a lovely, mellifluous whole. In a perfect world, where rock radio played songs based on merit and on that certain something that great songs have, "Long Sweet Summer Night" would be a touchstone for the dog days of 2003. But, perhaps the song that works best one the record (although there a many candidates) is "I Told You". Rarely has a song mined the depths of heartbreak, unrequited love and longing as well as this achingly beautiful tune. All in all, "The Thorns" may not change your life, but it is a gem, and I can only hope that the band is planning a follow-up.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thorns - Superb Harmonies and Songwriting June 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite CD of 2003 so far. This trio of singer/songwriters, Pete Droge, Shawn Mullins, and the brilliant popster, Matthew Sweet, might seem, at first, like an odd grouping, but they harmonize in the vein of CSN, America, and the Beach Boys. This is not to say that the album is a lightweight, throwaway, soft rock cheesefest. Standout songs are "No Blue Sky," "Long, Sweet Summer Night," "I Can't Remember," and "Blue," the cover of a classic Jayhawks tune, but really every song shines. PICK THIS UP!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorns are Crosby, Stills, Nash Reincarnate July 26, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am 43 years old, born in 1960 and grew up on the Beatles, The Stones, The Moody Blues and Crosby Stills, Nash (among others). The Beatles and CSN along with the Beach Boys always had the edge on vocal harmony in my opinion. It is very refreshing to an old hippie like me to see a new band like this come along. I saw them on Leno or Letterman one night and ran out to buy their album. Unbeleivable that they can gel like this- 3 main characters in the play. No One out front, just beautiful harmony and solid songs that make you listen 4 times over at a pop! I hope that their synergy lasts...this is new music that so many of today's young people are looking for in 70's bands. Thorns Rock!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heard it all before June 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although the album is well produced and recorded it has all been done before in the 70's. Nothing original here. I gave it 2 stars for the production not content. Everyone is comparing them to CSN&Y. I think they sound exactly like Seals & Croft. Not even as good for that matter. Matthew Sweet is capable of much more as well as Shawn Mullins. Why bother cloning classic music. If you want to revive it add some freshness to it. This cd will bore and tire people out after a few listens. It's already grating on my nerves. I think I will pull out my Deja Vu album from the cobwebs and give it a listen. This will confirm that if it ain't broke don't fix it !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breath of Country Air June 11, 2003
By Alydar
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been playing this cd continuously for about a week now. Though it has a few throw away tracks the majority is "pure refreshing and harmonious country/pop". If you want to know what this new "joined together in song" group sounds like - take a pinch of Jayhawks, a teaspoon of Beach Boys and a 1/2 cup of Crosby Stills Nash and Young but make sure you add the "spice" which is all "THORNS". They are great to drive with and for that country barbecue or picnic.You will not be disappointed and want for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, a little bland, but very good. October 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This will be one of my shorter reviews, though still a bit lengthy in comparison to others listed here. In any case, I found this to be an enjoyable listen, though not groundbreaking. Lush harmonies, appropriate melody arrangements, and above par lyrics make this a four star outing.
The packaging here is first class. I love the booklet material, there are band/single photos, legible lyrics (why put them in there if you can't read them; take note Hall & Oates (most recent album)) and the usual credits. Very pleased.
1. Runaway Feeling: Background harmonies have a Beach Boy feel, but not in a good way. This is a straight-ahead folk rock styled opener that fits perfectly at the beginning of this journey.
2. I Can't Remember: This is the first single, as everyone probably knows, and is the best cut on the cd. Not that the others don't stack up, but this is instantly memorable and very catchy. Universal lyrics that almost anyone alive can relate to, and the blending of these three distinctive voices certainly are a highlight here.
3. Blue: Decent cover that keeps the flow of the album going. Not a personal favorite, but not a bad effort either.
4. Think It Over: This is a great example for the title of my review. Pleasant, a little bland, but very good. This one just kind of blends into the rest of the album, though I seldom skip it.
5. Thorns: Not a personal favorite, but it was necessary to step things up a bit at this point in the album. Otherwise I'm afraid I might have needed a wake up call. It's a little experimental, more rock than the rest of the cd, and a needed breath of fresh air.
6. No Blue Sky: Shawn Mullins turns in his best vocal contribution on this track.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a real good record! I have no idea where these guys ...
Hey, a real good record! I have no idea where these guys have gone, but they remind me of Crosby, Stills & Nash in a softer mood. Read more
Published 29 days ago by S. V. Gomes
The Thorns is a one off (so far) musical collaboration between the powerpop inspired Mathew Sweet and the rock/country leanings of Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge. Read more
Published on March 11, 2010 by Mr. Christopher J. Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed
I have not heard vocals and song structure as in I Can't Remember since
Crosby Stills and Nash or America or Bread. Read more
Published on April 27, 2009 by S. Crabtree
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thorns - CSN&Y Reincarnated
The Thorns are a mini-all star project that featured Sean Mullins, Pete Droge and Matthew Sweet. The music is very very similar to their folk rock heroes Crosby Stills Nash and... Read more
Published on May 11, 2008 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
I have purchased two for myself and six(at last count)copies of this CD for friends. Anyone who likes CSN&Y, folk-rock or melodic pop will fall in love by the end of track two. Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by Honest Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Gen-X Supergroup
While the many comparisons to CSN are apt, they don't really do this album justice. As solo acts, Sweet, Droge, and Mullins made some of the smartest alternative rock records of... Read more
Published on February 15, 2007 by James J. OKeeffe
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Music For Your Pancakes
The sound is a mix between Seals & Croft and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. However, it lacks the edgy ballads of CSN&Y. It's more like the pop syrup of S&C.
Published on January 12, 2007 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Music People!
This is nice mellow sounding music in the vain of CS&N, Nothing ground breaking here but it is still pleasing if you enjoy the style. Read more
Published on December 24, 2005 by Michael Clinton Hook
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, if you're in the mood for it
This album is VERY much like a Crosby, Stills, and Nash album. So much so that I am giving my copy to my mom, I think she would like it. Read more
Published on August 11, 2005 by GadgetChick
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Crosby, Stills & Nash LP in 25 years!
I don't find this CD dull. It is mellow, from time to time, but chugs along a a nice clip throughout. Read more
Published on April 28, 2005 by Diamond Dave
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