Demons: The Nomad Series, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Allen
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2011
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018312424
  • Catalog Number: 83124
  • Sales rank: 148,107

Album Credits

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
Peter J. Moore Mastering
Dave Henry Engineer
Alice Phieu Graphic Design
Enrique Martinez Celaya Cover Image
Henry Kycharzyk Woodwind Arrangement
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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    A beautiful tribute to a brilliant songwriter

    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.

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