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Jayhawks – Hollywood Town Hall

Toasty Taranna #2: BMV #2: Jayhawks – Hollywood Town Hall

Y’all might not know this, but I’m a fan of the Jayhawks. They’re great! And this album is one I’ve owned in the past but was surprised wasn’t currently in my collection. Thus, replacement copy from Taranna!

The interwubs calls this ‘alternative country’ and ‘country rock.’ Country, yes, rock, yes, but alternative to what? Haha sure, interwubs. I call this simply great music that pulls from quite a few influences and sounds… the interwubs says Gram Parsons, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, the Everly Brothers… yup, I hear all of that. Also, at times, the Gin Blossoms (New Miserable Experience was the same year), R.E.M., Wilco, any other alt-country or no depression band… hell, even Canuck rock pop masters Sloan. Yes! I know! It’s in the vocal harmonies, especially… Anyway. 

But to simply compare them to others and think that defines them is doing a disservice to a band that made one of the best records of 1992 that probably most people didn’t hear in 1992. Jayhawks have their own sound, something easy and perfect even when the song is a bit more complex. There are so many beautiful pieces that all fit together flawlessly, instruments coming in and out and adding just the right melody or fill… it all rolls along like a well-oiled machine.

This album is a beautiful work of art from top to bottom.

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