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The Wilderness by Cowboy Junkies

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Reviewed on 25th March 2012.


The Wilderness

By Cowboy Junkies

The Cowboy Junkies are one of those bands that I had heard about but had never actually heard, the only thing I previously knew about them was via the Townes Van Zandt song "Cowboy Junkies Lament." It appears that this was a distinct loss to my musical well-being, this album is thoughtfully crafted with strong song writing credentials and understated instrumentation.

Songs like "Let him in" with its easy & intimate nature draw one in with lines "loneliness is an expectation", the guitar almost stutters at certain points but this just lends its self even more to the organic feel of this excellent CD.

Margot Timmins' almost laconic vocals are always to the front of the mix with each line delivered with breathy & heartfelt emotion. The mid-tempo waltz of the majority of the album would feel laboured under less skilful hands but here it allows you the time to absorb all that is going on within the arrangements.

Other highlights on this record are the steady march of 'Damaged from the Start' listing the downfall of various lovers, with its gentle pulse and sympathetic strings accompaniment, and then there is 'We are the Selfish Ones' which is reminiscent of the simple country charms of Neil Young's Harvest.

If you like Americana, Folk or country or just simply good music with the right sense of restraint then I suggest you check out this album, unlike me there is no reason for you to be late to discovering this excellent band.



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