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Demons: The Nomad Series, Vol. 2
     

Demons: The Nomad Series, Vol. 2

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by Cowboy Junkies
 
When a band's been making records for as long as the Cowboy Junkies (26 years by the time of Demons' release), it's easy to get stuck in a rut if you don't make a concerted effort to keep things fresh. That's probably at least part of the reason the stalwart Canadian folk-rockers conceived their Nomad Series, whose first volume came out just eight months

Overview

When a band's been making records for as long as the Cowboy Junkies (26 years by the time of Demons' release), it's easy to get stuck in a rut if you don't make a concerted effort to keep things fresh. That's probably at least part of the reason the stalwart Canadian folk-rockers conceived their Nomad Series, whose first volume came out just eight months before the second, Demons. The idea was to release four albums within 18 months, each of which would represent a thinking-outside-the-box approach to music making for the band. "Renmin Park" was inspired by guitarist/songwriter Michael Timmins' stay in China, and includes covers of songs by Chinese artists, as well as original Chinese-inspired work. Demons brings things closer to home, and is basically a tribute album to singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt, who died in late 2009. The Cowboy Junkies cover tunes from all across Chesnutt's career, from early nuggets like "West of Rome" to "Flirted with You All My Life," which hails from the last release of the songsmith's lifetime. Demons presents an alternate universe in which Michael Timmons' songs have mysteriously become considerably more caustic and cutting, or one in which Chesnutt abjured his own creaky-voiced renditions of his material in favor of making the honey-voiced Margo Timmins his mouthpiece. Whichever way you look at it, it's a provocative proposition, and certainly one that requires bringing a fresh pair of ears to the veteran band's output here. At times, the extra grit quotient in Chesnutt's songs seems in turn to inspire a tougher approach on the part of the Junkies, but more often, the late songwriter's quirky, agreeably crooked structures are given a fulsome, flowing quality that would probably never even have occurred to Chesnutt as a possibility.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018312424
catalogNumber:
83124
Rank:
76841

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Performance Credits

Cowboy Junkies   Primary Artist
Alan Anton   Bass,Group Member
Jeff Bird   Mandolin
Andy Maize   Vocals
Margo Timmins   Vocals,Group Member
Michael Timmins   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Peter Timmins   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Roy Styffe   Horn
Tania Elizabeth   Fiddle
Joby Baker   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Alfons Fear   Horn
Aaron Goldstein   Guitar
Dave Henry   Cello
Nick Lariviere   Horn
Bob Stevenson   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Vic Chesnutt   Composer
Michael Timmins   Producer,Engineer
Joby Baker   Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Dave Henry   Engineer
Alice Phieu   Graphic Design
Enrique Martinez Celaya   Cover Image
Henry Kycharzyk   Woodwind Arrangement

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Demons: The Nomad Series, Vol. 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tim_carpenter More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Junkies do justice - and then some - to songs from the catalog of Vic Chesnutt, perhaps the most criminally under-appreciated songwriter of the past decade. Singer Margo Timmins is a master of the kind of despair that Chesnutt often wrote about, and she understands the self-deprecating humor and lacerating wit throughout. The arrangements are a revelation as well, particularly when the band adds muscle to Chesnutt's often spare song structures. Highly recommended for fans of either artist, or anyone interested in literary songwriting.