Monday, May 01, 2006

The Jayhawks - Tomorrow the Green Grass

So it's been a while since I posted anything so I figured I'd do a review of some random record that I have been listening to lately. I recently picked up the Jayhawk's Tomorrow the Green Grass and am really liking it so I figured why not. Tomorrow the Green Grass is, to my knowledge, the Jayhawk's best work. It is the band's fourth album and the follow up to 1992's "critically acclaimed" Hollywood Town Hall. While I love Hollywood Town Hall, Tomorrow the Green Grass is in no way a departure but simply an improvement on that record. Tomorrow the Green Grass finds songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson at the top of their game. The record has a very folksy feel, in terms of lyrics, that shines through on cuts like "Miss. William's Guitar," and "Ann Jane" while musically the album captures the bands signature dirty country rock sound. As musicians, the Jayhawks aren't anything special and most of the arrangements (drums, guitar, piano, bass, vocals) are pretty standard, but there are some well placed progressions as well as melodies and harmonies that make up for the lackluster musicianship. Harmonies in particular are what make this band stand out in my mind. On the choruses of upbeat songs like "Blue" and the verses of slower ballad type songs such as "Two Hearts" the Louris-Olson harmonies create and very specific sound that is rather unique to the band. In general, this album seems to have a very reminiscent (I'm not sure if that’s the right word to use) quality which is highlighted on tracks such as "Over My Shoulder", as in, it looks back on a troubled past, hoping for happiness in the future, as suggest by the record's title, Tomorrow the Green Grass. The record is great mix of upbeat, midtempo, and ballad type songs and as I said early, the Jawhawks aren't the best musicians (certainly not bad ones though) but they are excellent songwriters and that is apparent on this very solid, album, an album that will certainly keep the listeners attention from start to finish.Thats it, sorry for the short review, more to come soon.

4 Comments:

Anonymous KarbonHed said...

Isn't Blue one of the most beautiful songs ever written?

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