JUNKIES - SING IN MY MEADOW
third volume of Cowboy Junkies Nomad Series
couldn’t be more different from the previous release, Demons.
While that was a low key, stripped back experience, this is a
thunderous collection of bluesy, psychedelic fuzz-drenched jams,
recorded fast, raw and live. As such, it’s pretty damned
Opener Continental Drift hits like a
truck with its rocking, driving beat, while It’s
Heavy Down Here is a slow drive psych-blues number
that feels epic in scope. 3rd Crusade
is a feedback laden, reverse driven slice of Led Zep flavoured
dark, dirty, sexy blues, while Late Night Radio
is a laid back, but moody number with remarkable howling guitar
solos from Michael Timmins that acts as a perfect counter-point
Margo Timmins’ vocals, that effortless float from quiet,
almost whispered to strong and passionate in a heartbeat.
The same could be said of the title track that has an infectious
groove to it, while Hunted is a frantic, almost
prog-like blues jam, almost savage in its ferocity. Incendiary
A Bride’s Price is moody, darkly and disturbingly
sexual, and album closer I Move On wraps the
whole thing up with a frenetic does of sound and fury.
That all this somehow fits perfectly with its quieter predecessor
is a tribute to both the versatility and rounded identity of the
band; like one and you’ll probably like the other. I’d
suggest both are pretty essential listening.
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