All That Reckoning
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With their new album, All That Reckoning, The Cowboy Junkies once again gently shake the listener to wake up. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, this new collection may be the most powerful album the Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded. Its a deeper and a more complete record than weve ever done before, says songwriter / guitarist Michael Timmins. These songs are about reckoning on a personal level and reckoning on a political level.
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I have mentioned in reviews in the past here in Amazon that Cowboy Junkies sound is never the same from album to album. Their music is always evolving it seems. It is amazing how their sound has changed so much in the 33 years they have been together. Just compare the first four album's they had released with the four most recent album's they released that made up the Nomad Series and you will hear what I mean. That to me is what makes CJ so great. They don't play it safe and rehash the same thing over and over again. Instead they are always looking to expand and broaden their musical talents in different directions. This album to me from just one listen is one of their more rock sounding album's. Certainly their most rock sounding album's since "Sing In My Meadow", volume 3 from their Nomad Series, although not quite so intense a rock sound as "Meadow".
Of course the kind of songs that CJ is most known for are ones dealing with personal issues in life whether from their own experiences or from others. Tunes dealing with family, friends, children, marriage, hope and dispare. All the things we all deal with in our lives at certain points. Songs that make you reflect and ponder and look inward at your own situation in life. It's the kind of songs you expect from them. You will find those songs here on "Reckoning". What makes this album a little bit different is that Cowboy Junkies get a little bit political with a couple of their songs making statements about the world we are living in today.
With society placing divisional lines and walls up with this us verses them attitude that is tearing the world apart CJ addresses these issues. "The Things We Do To Each Other" is one such song. This has quickly become my favorite song from the album. It is an insightful commentary on the human mentality that prevails today. The video that was made with it gives the song added depth to the message. You can find the video on YouTube. Check it out when you have the chance. "Sing Me A Song" is another very good song that has a strong message to it.
To conclude this, everyone who is a fan of Cowboy Junkies needs to get this latest production. I think this album is going to rate right up there in the end as one of CJ's best. Over the decades Michael, Margo, Peter and Anton have given us some outstanding musical art to listen to and enjoy. "All That Reckoning" is the newest addition to their outstanding body of work that I think will rate among their greatest.
Btw very well recorded too - sounds great!