Bone Days

Bone Days

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by John Trudell
     
 
John Trudell might never make an album as intense and confrontational as AKA Grafitti Man, but that doesn't mean he's run out of things to say. While he's still very actively involved in Native American causes, as "Crazy Horse" shows, he's cast his net of words wider, with expressions of love and lust, the sensual textures of words and relationships, the

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John Trudell might never make an album as intense and confrontational as AKA Grafitti Man, but that doesn't mean he's run out of things to say. While he's still very actively involved in Native American causes, as "Crazy Horse" shows, he's cast his net of words wider, with expressions of love and lust, the sensual textures of words and relationships, the isolation of a woman in "Nothing In Her Eyes." But he's at his very best when he's angry, which makes "Hanging From the Cross," with the lines "Indians are Jesus/hanging from the cross" particularly powerful. Though he no longer had the late Jesse Ed Davis as his main instrumental foil -- longtime collaborator Mark Shark plays a mean guitar on many tracks (and electric sitar on "Lucky Motel") -- Billy Watts also shows himself very capable on the electric six-sting, especially on the out-of-control coda to "Nothing In Her Eyes," a track that works particularly well, building slowly, adding tension until its spirals crazily, leading into the quiet ache of "Doesn't Hurt Anymore." Trudell remains a hypnotic speaker, with an impeccable feel for flow and the sound of words. He's allowed the musical palette of his songs to develop, using more background vocals to echo his speech, as on "Sorry Love" and "Undercurrent." Inevitably Quiltman's traditional singing powers each track, and guitars still carry the weight of the music, but keyboards also get more of a look in throughout the album, and mandolin and sitar even show their faces. This time around, Trudell sounds like a man who's come to sad terms with life -- and death. And that means being able to go on -- and make more music.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Daemon Records
UPC:
0767691903521
catalogNumber:
19035
Rank:
41721

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Trudell   Primary Artist,Spoken Word
Doug Legacy   Accordion
Debra Dobkin   Percussion,Conga,Trap Kit
Carol Eckstein   Background Vocals,Chant
Rick Eckstein   Percussion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Djembe,Cajon
Quiltman   Vocals
Mark Shark   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Chant,Slide Guitar
Bobby Tsukamoto   Bass Guitar
Billy Watts   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Shaker,Guitar (Baritone)
Piper Leigh   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Trudell   Producer,Audio Production
Rick Eckstein   Engineer
Glenn Nishida   Engineer
Bad Dog   Producer
Bad Dog   Audio Production

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Bone Days 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs and lyrics I find most touching on this album are "Spectator", and "Doesn't hurt anymore". They bring out the sheer and naked poetry of a man's voice, so rich and emotional, even sentimental at times, but unflichingly honest and trustworthy. This is the music that can bring reconciliation and even salvation to you, if you are responsive.