Rainy Day Musicby The Jayhawks
The seventh album from Minneapolis alt-country pioneers the Jayhawks marks their ongoing evolution, as they pepper their heartland rock with folk- and psychedelic-rock flourishes. After the band had reached a creative peak in the mid-'90s with Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the/i>/a>… See more details below
The seventh album from Minneapolis alt-country pioneers the Jayhawks marks their ongoing evolution, as they pepper their heartland rock with folk- and psychedelic-rock flourishes. After the band had reached a creative peak in the mid-'90s with Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass, founding member Mark Olson departed, and the Jayhawks struggled to recapture the splendor of their finely stitched songcraft and lush harmonies. Rainy Day Music, their seventh album, at last rekindles the old flame. Front-loaded with the Byrdsian jangle of "Stumbling Through the Dark," co-written by lead 'Hawk Gary Louris and Matthew Sweet and accented by winsome banjo picking, the album soars from the get-go. Louris's melodies only get stronger, as on the buoyant "Tailspin," which juxtaposes an electric guitar lead with pedal steel on its break, and "All the Right Reasons," one of two songs (the other being "Madman") to evoke the wistful harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (both tunes, not so coincidentally, feature vocals from Chris Stills, Stephen's son). The downcast "Save It for a Rainy Day" suggests the chiming psychedelia of Love, and the heartache reminiscence "The Eyes of Sarah Jane" is charged with a shower of Hammond B-3 and Rickenbacker guitars that recalls the Byrds and R.E.M. From there, the momentum dips a bit, as Louris makes room for two songs from bandmate Tim O'Reagan, including the strings-backed "Don't Let the World Get in Your Way," which gently channels the melancholy side of John Lennon and Elton John, and one from Marc Perlman, the mournful, prayerlike "Will I See You in Heaven." However, the sophistication of Louris's songs -- such as the sweet "Angelyne" -- remains the Jayhawks' trump card, and it gives Rainy Day Music its timeless appeal.
- Release Date:
- Lost Highway
Performance CreditsJayhawks Primary Artist
Matthew Sweet Vocals
Jakob Dylan Vocals
Ethan Johns Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,chamberlain,Pump Organ,Guitar Loops
Bernie Leadon Banjo
Gary Louris Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Steve McCarthy Banjo,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Tim O'Reagan Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Conga,Drums,Vocals
Marc Perlman Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Drums
Chris Stills Percussion,Vocals
Richard Causon Piano,Accordion,Harmonium,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,chamberlain
Technical CreditsMatthew Sweet Composer
Ed Ackerson Engineer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Ethan Johns Producer,Engineer
Gary Louris Composer,Art Direction
Tim O'Reagan Composer
Marc Perlman Composer
Rick Rubin Executive Producer,Art Direction
Harry Callahan Cover Photo
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On first listen, you're happy to hear this Jayhawks' cd sounds more like Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass than recent releases. But on second listen you're disappointed that Rainy Day Music fails to live up to the high standards set by TTGG and HTH. This is a decent cd, but compared to early 90's Jayhawks' music, it falls short.
It's great to hear some of the "old" Jayhawks sound in this album. This album is definately a throwback to Hollywood Town Hall, but it lacks the energy that HTH encapsulated. Overall this album deserves a listen or two or thousands. I'm sure it will be in rotation in my cd player for quite some time.
FRESH, FUN, CSN&Y in a blender with Simon & Garfinkel..Great vocal blend...the 60's are back with some 70's kinda vibe...the college kids love these guys. Gram Parsons before the nudie suits! I think BERKLEYHART from SAN DIEGO should open this show..... the JAWHAWKS would be fans! buy these cd's from both artists you will be pleased!!!!
There's no doubt about it, these selections lack the energy of previous albums, but get the hint...the title of the CD is "Rainy Day Music". This album is full of sad, melancholy music, and somewhat thoughtful. Reminds me of the days that everything was boring and mundane, but you get throught the it anyway. The blend of their voices is definitely retro 70s, easy, simple acoustic guitar and rhythm. Sit back and remenisce...
Listening to this album, not once, twice, but at least three times, one really gains an appreciation is work as a gem. Similar in sound and feeling to Simon and Garfunkel's albums of the '60's, the songs fit together as well as the group's voices. One of the best albums I have bought in years.