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  • Audio CD (March 26, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Mammoth
  • ASIN: B000004ATA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After six albums on which he constantly moved back and forth between classic folk and country traditions, Joe Henry really hit his artistic stride on the brilliant Trampoline. While the album finds him occasionally drifting toward both of those familiar modes, Trampoline also introduces us to Joe Henry, the pop-rock experimentalist. From the exotic guitar strum that opens the album on "Bob and Ray," through a feedback-drenched cover of a Sly Stone obscurity ("Let Me Have It All"), to the dark funeral organ that drives the Blue Oyster Cult-ish "Medicine," to a track featuring a female opera singer ("Flower Girl"), the album allows Henry to use all sorts of musical eccentricities. This certainly both confused and delighted longtime fans, and set the stage for Fuse and the future. Lyrically, Henry seems to be in a pretty dark place--might or might not be about the end of a relationship. And "Flower Girl" may be the most beautiful song Henry's ever written. You could compare Trampoline to that moment when Tom Waits moved from the more traditional sound of his early albums to the Beefheartish experimentations of Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs--that's how great both the change and growth appear to be here. --Bill Holdship

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wanda on October 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
this album has become one of my favorite joe henry albums, not only for the elegance of the lyrics but also for the brooding darkness lurking in every song. trampoline exudes pain and despair in nearly every track, but escapes oppression with brilliant sounds and instrumentals (who else could use a pump organ, tape loops, electric guitar, operatic soprano AND a barbershop choir and not only escape disaster but end with such intoxicating results?). as others before me have mentioned, "flower girl" is a song of unrivalled beauty and mystery and probably joe henry's most hypnotic (and confounding) song ever. "parade" and "trampoline" both hint at memories that haunt long after the events that inspired them and even the happier sentiments on the album belie an inevitable isolation. though other reviewers mention a disconnected feel to the album, i think the flow of the songs is wonderful and dreamlike with the perfect balance between despair and reprieve.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Street on June 25, 2001
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Operating for years on the roots rock/folk circuit, Joe Henry didn't just change his sound for this release. He effectively changed the direction he would take on subsequent releases, in effect starting over. While his prior CDs were good and garnered much critical acclaim, there was nothing to prepare the listener for this. I am no die-hard Joe Henry fan, (Scar and Fuse leave me cold) but there is no doubting the brilliance of Trampoline. Every song is impressive, like a greatest hits album of new material. Guest guitarist Page Hamilton from Helmet was a wise choice. Hard to pick highlights here, but two songs that harken back to Joe's country/folk days, "Go With God" and "Parade" are among the best things he has recorded.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark P on March 24, 2000
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I bought this because an indie radio station played "Trampoline" one night. I soon found that "Ohio Plane Show Crash" was an instant like as well as the great reverb and drumming on "Trampoline", and one of the most underrated song of music in my opinion , "Parade". a very good CD to sit back and reflect....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roy Pearl on March 26, 2003
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This was the album where Joe Henry suddenly veered away from the faceless but competent country-rock of his earlier albums and plunged headfirst into capital "A" art. The printed lyrics read like poetry, and the instrumental backing inches ever closer to the supple jazz leanings of his future releases. Guest guitarist Page Hamilton (of Helmet) supplies gently rocking support on the epic mystery of "Ohio Air Show Plane Crash" as well as surprisingly muscular funk on a cover of Sly Stone's "Let Me Have It All", but the remainder of "Trampoline" could almost be termed folk cabaret. The atmosphere throughout is one of almost crushing regret.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "drummindave" on September 27, 2000
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This collection is so well crafted I find it completely mesmerizing - the songs draw you in deeper and deeper. This album is a break from Henry's previous alt-country, acoustic-folk cd's (all great). It rocks in a haunting, mystical way with great use of drums, electric guitar, and effects. Henry's voice and lyrics too keep you hanging on every phrase. This cd takes you places....... Fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tomcheese on February 8, 2002
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With heartland vocal veracity and grit-poetic lyrics, Joe Henry exudes the charms of the luckless and hopeless in bright rays. Amidst beaten-up percussion and hovering tremolo guitars, he prolongs an anxious expectation on Bob and Ray. As his relationship is shattering, he shares the plummet and crash of a pilot on the wily Ohio Air show Plane Crash. The album's title track, Trampoline, is a vivacious winner, tumbling bitter memories onto thorny guitars.
Featuring an orchestral arrangement, Flower Girl glimmers and shades humbly. Let Me Have It All (the one song not penned by Joe Henry) has cranky guitars and some good thundering drums. The haunting puttering that closes out Medicine recover this shambling track; it seems Mr. Henry is still recovering from his past crash: "Time has run away with us and it laughs at all the tears and fuss, best go with God and let me trust the ghost in here is you." The plaintive cry of Go With God (Topless Shoeshine) ends in this melancholy light. With string arrangement and trombone, I Was A Playboy treads softly but surely. The finisher, Parade, has potent lyrics and a glowing ambience.
A keen lyric and subtle sound is Joe Henry's Trampoline.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tomcheese on February 8, 2002
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With heartland vocal veracity and grit-poetic lyrics, Joe Henry exudes the charms of the luckless and hopeless in bright rays. Amidst beaten-up percussion and hovering tremolo guitars, he prolongs an anxious expectation on Bob and Ray. As his relationship is shattering, he shares the plummet and crash of a pilot on the wily Ohio Air show Plane Crash. The album's title track, Trampoline, is a vivacious winner, tumbling bitter memories onto thorny guitars.
Featuring an orchestral arrangement, Flower Girl glimmers and shades humbly. Let Me Have It All (the one song not penned by Joe Henry) has cranky guitars and some good thundering drums. The haunting puttering that closes out Medicine recover this shambling track; it seems Mr. Henry is still recovering from his past crash: "Time has run away with us and it laughs at all the tears and fuss, best go with God and let me trust the ghost in here is you." The plaintive cry of Go With God (Topless Shoeshine) ends in this melancholy light. With string arrangement and trombone, I Was A Playboy treads softly but surely. The finisher, Parade, has potent lyrics and a glowing ambience.
A keen lyric and subtle sound is Joe Henry's Trampoline.
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