A Rock in the Weary Land

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been seven years since Mike Scott last delved into what he once characterized as "the big music." But after a pair of so-so solo albums, the Celt-rock explorer has assembled a new crew of Waterboys, and the results are sure to please anyone who fell under the band's spell in its heyday. Scott is still obsessed with venturing, as Van Morrison might say, into the mystic, and on songs like the hypnotic "Let It Happen," he makes following along seem like a mighty fine idea. The sweep of tunes like "My Love Is My Rock in the Weary Land" and the wide-eyed "We Are Jonah" is both unabashedly romantic and vividly rendered, with enveloping swells of guitar and swirling ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been seven years since Mike Scott last delved into what he once characterized as "the big music." But after a pair of so-so solo albums, the Celt-rock explorer has assembled a new crew of Waterboys, and the results are sure to please anyone who fell under the band's spell in its heyday. Scott is still obsessed with venturing, as Van Morrison might say, into the mystic, and on songs like the hypnotic "Let It Happen," he makes following along seem like a mighty fine idea. The sweep of tunes like "My Love Is My Rock in the Weary Land" and the wide-eyed "We Are Jonah" is both unabashedly romantic and vividly rendered, with enveloping swells of guitar and swirling violin. As ever, Scott can be heavy-handed in his lyric writing, and when he falls prey to that tendency, as on "Charlatan's Lament," he all but ignores writing a memorable melody to shore up the tune. Fortunately, that's not a common problem here, making for a disc sure to take the edge off anyone's weary day.
All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
Through the years, the Waterboys have adopted whatever persona or fancy Mike Scott held at a given point in time. Hence, this band has fluctuated from the pop
ock of the early- to mid-'80s to the ensuing folk period to the aimless early '90s, which yielded Dream Harder. That was their swan song, which alienated Waterboys fans who grew to cherish the previous two releases, Room to Roam and Fisherman's Blues. That apparently didn't concern Scott too much, since he equates the individual himself with the band in no uncertain terms: "[T]o me there's no difference between Mike Scott and the Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions." Appropriately, A Rock in the Weary Land fuses the complexity, grandeur, and simplicity that have characterized Scott's music in the past. This is the recording that the homogenous Dream Harder failed to become. It's ambitious, moody, surreal, and relevant. Scott terms the renewed sound of the Waterboys as "sonic rock", in which he incorporates all of the elements and possibilities of modern rock which he finds compatible into a uniform, technically updated body of work. Various distorted and synthesized effects are utilized throughout this album, but typically so are the psychedelic tendencies that Scott has always held dear. John Lennon influences seem to surface frequently, both vocally and compositionally, most notably on "Is She Conscious." And, as virtually all Mike Scott projects both solo and group will reveal, much of the content revolves around the struggle, confusion, and inspiration that his growing faith elicits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2000
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 743217830526
  • Catalog Number: 178305
  • Sales rank: 249,353

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Waterboys Primary Artist
Paul Beavis Drums
Jody Linscott Drums
Steve Orchard Echo
Dave Ruffy Tambourine
Mike Scott Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, bellzouki, Roland Synthesizer
Robin Scott Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Smith Bass
Jeremy Stacey Drums
Anthony Thistlethwaite Mandolin, Slide Mandolin
Kevin Wilkinson Drums
Gilad Atzmon Saxophone
Nick Wollage Leslie Pedal
Thighpaulsandra Synthesizer, Trumpet, Keyboards, Mellotron
Richard Naiff Piano
Technical Credits
Chris Blair Mastering
Ben Kape Engineer
London Community Gospel Choir Contributor
Chris Madden Engineer
Steve Orchard Engineer
Dave Ruffy drum programming
Mike Scott Producer
Phil Tennant Management
Nick Wollage Engineer
Ben Darlow Engineer
Alex Clark Engineer
Rupert Allison Engineer
Rowan Stigner drum programming
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