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Looks like the band lost a lot of old fans, but in my case, I just love this album. Although I've been a fan since their early bluesy-folk albums like "The Trinity Session" I actually enjoy and appreciate the new direction the band has taken. I loved "Miles from Our Home" and I love the new sound on "Open." The album (especially as a whole) is really outstanding. Perhaps that's because my music tastes range from folk rock to hard rock, and I'm as comfortable listening to The Trinity Session as much as I am to "So Tonight that I May See" by Mazzy Star or "The End" by the Doors.
I wasn't expecting the band to make another folk & blues album. I loved their early work, but I'm a fan enough to follow the band through their careers as they progress and experiment. If you liked the band when they were more mellow, then listen to their old records. I'll follow the band as they go...they will lose a lot of old fans, but are sure to pick up more along the way.
1. i did it all for you – controlled electric guitar feedback, subdued bass, cool pacific coast cymbals, that voice .. oops! Did I put the born-again Velvet Underground/Nico CD on by mistake? Nope, this is the start of the latest CD by the Cowboy Junkies. This is a truly hypnotic track that grows on you the more you listen to it, of particularly note is the use of percussion and the subtle yet moody interwoven guitar work
2. dragging hooks – Another innovative introduction, another set of curiously lyrics and a careful arrangement – this is Quentin Tarantino in music!
3. bread and wine – this must be one of my favorite tracks on the album, I love it, it reminds me of so many great things, like the first time I heard Patti Smiths’ Horses, or great summer rock concerts in the 70’s, and that special Hammond sound combined with Margots vocals that just takes me away to another plane
4. upon still waters – this is dynamic as dynamic can get in this context.Read more ›
A few riffs sounded like out-of-context rip-offs from other CJ songs. One song was mixed so horribly that I could not decypher a sing word being sung. While I know this was might have been done on purpose as part of the great "experiment", it just sounds like someone screwed up, especially since the vocals and the lyrics are major reasons why I buy a CJ album. There is not a single song on the album that I really want to hear again. I could go on, but if you've read this far, you get the point.
Obviously, there are some who like to hear a band experimenting, no matter what the result. I prefer to have a band experiment, weed out that which does not work, and put what did work on the album.
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Only "Upon Still Waters" demands repeated listens...one of their weakest albums and the rest meanders without much purposePublished 1 month ago by Daniel W. Bleier
I'm not actually a big CJ fan, but I love the haunting effects and dark storylines in it . This is a really underrated album. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Lost Lovely Lady
I think that this is by far the moodiest album Cowboy Junkies ever released. Even so there is still a good blend between dark and mid-up beat songs to keep the listener interested. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Janet Chandler
I've had this disc since it came out and didn't care for it right from the beginning.
It sat around for a few weeks and I thought I'd give it another listen or two; still... Read more
The first four tracks of this album are dark and hypnotic. Red wine soaked pieces that come across as dream-pop (think Mazzy Star) with better writing and virtuosity. Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by Scott
Cowboy Junkies used to be a fairly acoustic band, but on "Pale Sun, Crescent Moon" they started doing distortion. Now it's become a pretty regular thing for them. Read morePublished on December 25, 2008 by Surferofromantica
This album seems to be the most polarizing one for longtime fans. They either love it or hate it. I'm with the former and I dare say, it's my favorite album of theirs. Read morePublished on January 3, 2008 by Kacy Kurio
I own 8 CJ albums, and this is my LEAST FAVORITE. After Lay it Down and Pale Sun Crescent Moon, the band released Miles from Our Home, which had some very solid and powerful... Read morePublished on September 1, 2007 by Justin Elswick
Dragging Hooks (River Song Trilogy: Part III) is a dark jewel. People complain that the Cowboy Junkies have departed to far from their roots on "Open" and all I can say to them... Read morePublished on June 9, 2007 by El Roi