At the End of Paths Taken
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I have noticed these same changes in other artists' music as they have matured. In most cases, I have found these developments disappointing (Sting, Annie Lennox, Tori Amos, Peter Gabriel) as it seems like the angst and edge that originally drove these artists' creativity later gave way too something over-worked, something more science than art, something more benignly pleasant than engaging. In this case, however, I am not disappointed for the most part. Margo's hauntingly beautiful voice is still entrancing (although its changed a little too). The family themes are real rather than overly sentimental. The Cowboys still have some edge, as shown in Cutting Board Blues. And there's still some of that forlorn feeling of their earlier work in Spiral Down. It Doesn't Really Matter Anyway has a little of each and is a great song. Someday Soon didn't work for me at all, but maybe its just a matter of taste. Also, even though Mountain could be a great song, I don't like the rambling male voice in the background, its too distracting. And I wasn't hip on the kids' voices in My Only Guarantee, even though it would also be an otherwise great song.Read more ›
Highlights of the album are Cutting Board Blues, My Little Basquiat, Follower 2, and It Doesn't Really Matter. The album reminds me of Open in some ways - a big departure in sound from their previous albums. I'd rank it up there with One Soul Now, which is my favourite album of theirs in the last decade (Caution Horses remains my personal favourite).
Buy the album - and don't forget to see the band live if they're coming to your neck of the woods (unfortunately no Texas dates yet - drat).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am going to echo some of the sentiments of other reviewers here. At the Ends of Paths Taken is a strong album from the Cowboy Junkies and a step up from One Soul Now but I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Alapick
The CD works and it showed up quickly. The group sounded great. (that's it) if I keep getting pestered for more words, I'll stop reviewing.Published on March 23, 2013 by Ron Hess
it use to be i would look forward to a new cowboy junkies album and when ever i would buy it i was not disappointed. unfortunately i think those days are gone. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by joshua e.
Um, a little weird. Not really sure how to take this album as I love the Cowboy Junkies. This one is almost like someone stopped taking their medicine and went partially deaf.Published on March 12, 2013 by Tony the Pony
Just got Cowboy Junkies latest album "At The End Of Paths Taken". I listened to it a couple of times before going on line to post my comments. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by Janet Chandler
This music builds a magical space wherever it is played.
No need to blast this CD. Let it soak in at a natural volume.
Is it just me, or do the Cowboy Junkies get better with age ? I never tire of listening. Buying this cd on the fly,so to speak, I am not disapointed. Read morePublished on June 2, 2009 by Karen E. Kane
Amazon said it best. How this band could remain so under appreciated for so long is almost criminal. This CD is a must have just for Cutting Board Blues alone. Read morePublished on January 6, 2009 by Monchichipox