US - Minnesota - Full Moon 140 - 02/21/08
Gary Louris' first solo album. Great expectations. What to expect? First song off, True Blue, and no surprises. Only the pleasure of hearing that voice
and another Louris gem of a tune. Let me reveal to you at once, there are no surprises of sorts on this album. No drum machines or metal-guitars ripping your
head off. He has not gone astray from his Jayhawks-path.
For an old fan this is good news. In total it's a set of 10 songs, well crafted, well sung and well performed. I will not claim that Jayhawks would have
done this any better or significantly different. But there is less edge to this album as a whole than what has been on the previous Jayhawks-albums. It's sweet
and soulful but lacks a song or two that is able to at least stretch the picture.
As the album settles in (together with a bottle of wine or two) I absolutely enjoy to its full songs like "To Die A Happy Man", "She Only Calls Me On Sundays"
and "D.C Blues". John Lennon is truly present (in a glorious way) on "Black Grass". Some sweet swamp-blues-meets-The Kinks on "I Wanna Get High" and an intimate
farewell in the closer, "Meandering".
Great hearing Louris still in steady shape - which gets me looking forward to the reunion with his old Jayhawk mate, Mark Olson (who released the fabulous
Salvation Blues last year).
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