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Well-crafted lyrical and musical treat,
This review is from: All On A Rising Day (Audio CD)
One of my favorite albums by Rowan. I'm not a bluegrass fan and I enjoy Rowan's music. He is a musical craftsmen (like Guy Clark) who composes songs with thoughtful lyrics (often stories) and excellent music. It helps that he has friends like Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush but Rowan is no slouch as a guitarist himself
Some of my favorites on this album are: Midnight Highway - great beat, sweet harmonies, Howlin' at the Moon - unabashed tribute to a liberated woman, Undying Love - sweet romantic images and harmonies, Wheel of Fortune - evocative nostalgic lyrics, lovely dobro by Douglas, and John O'Dreams - beautiful melody borrowed from Tchaikovsky, wonderful dream images. Deal With the Devil I like for the story and imagery even though I don't care as much for the music. The weak song in my opinion is Freedom Walkabout. I don't care for Reggae, but even there the lyrics are thoughtful.
The album has a good mixture of upbeat songs and sweet melodic slower songs. I highly recommend the album as an introduction to Rowan or any Rowan fan who doesn't already own it.