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Cowboy Junkies: ‘The Wilderness’ Volume 4 of The Nomad Series

(March 20, 2012)

There’s something inspirational on the horizon – March 26 to be exact – it’s the latest work of genius Cowboy Junkiesfrom Cowboy Junkies: ‘The Wilderness’ Volume 4 of The Nomad Series. It’s a unique, creative exploration of psychedelic, blues-tinged, consciousness-expanding Americana and if that doesn’t intrigue you enough to order a copy then take it from me – it’s good. And I do mean damn good.

The overall impression is a feeling of wandering wonderment tinged with bleak loneliness and the enduring rush of constant expectation. These songs blend the empty essence of the physical wilderness with all too recognisable reflections of the wilderness of the human condition. From the vast sense of spatial awareness engendered by the opening ‘Unanswered Letter (for JB)’ and the haunting sounds of ‘Idle Tales’ to the starkly rendered simplicity of ‘We Are The Selfish Ones’ this album is an intense journey of the mind. And it’s a journey that from the first notes, you feel tempted to take. This encompassing ‘right of passage’ continues with the beguiling narrative of ‘Fairytale’ and the multi-layered, faintly disquieting uncertainty of ‘The Confession of Georgie E’.

There are many incidents on this musical voyage. To witness them all you will have to make repeated returns. And with each departure the power increases. Be ready. This will get to you.

On this album Cowboy Junkies are Michael Timmins (guitar) Alan Anton (bass Margo Timmins (vocals) and Peter Timmins (drums) – to achieve to expansive breadth and depth of ‘Wilderness’ they added some considerable talents to certain tracks: Jeff Bird (electric and acoustic mandolin) Joby Baker (Wurlitzer, piano, organ) Miranda Mulholland (violin) Jesse O’Brien (organ, piano, Wurlitzer) and Matt Bailey (lead electric guitar).

Cowboy Junkies ‘The Wilderness’ volume 4 in The Nomad Series is out on Proper records on 26 March 2012.

Reviewer: Tom Franks

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