Sweet as the Grain

Sweet as the Grain

by The John Henrys
     
 

This Canadian country-rock quintet has a self-consciously raw, whiskey-soaked sound that simultaneously evokes the Band, Reckless Kelly, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and that hops easily from honky tonk ("No More Rock'n'Roll") to psychedelic folk-rock ("Padawadamie")See more details below

Overview

This Canadian country-rock quintet has a self-consciously raw, whiskey-soaked sound that simultaneously evokes the Band, Reckless Kelly, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and that hops easily from honky tonk ("No More Rock'n'Roll") to psychedelic folk-rock ("Padawadamie") to weeper balladry ("Truth Be Told (Inez)") without any apparent effort. At times -- as on the very fine "New Years," the band manages to nod its collective head to the Clash and Bob Dylan simultaneously, which is a pretty impressive feat by any measure. But at other times, certain aspects of their sound seem to border on parody: singer Rey Sabatin's exaggeratedly hokey accent on "Eldorado," for example, or the ironically repentant "Ain't Gonna Drink No More." There are also some musical experiments that fall a bit flat, such as the wanky wah-wah guitar and off-kilter chanted vocals on "Padawadamie," and the attempted 1960s-style raveup "Golden Train" that never quite takes off. At their best, though, the John Henrys' sound is a sharp and jagged country-rock gem -- those elements all come together most perfectly on the excellent "Angel."

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Linus
UPC:
0803057008827
catalogNumber:
270088
Rank:
316033

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Henrys   Primary Artist
Geoffrey C. Ward   Drums,Vocals
Steve Tatone   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Doug Gouthro   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Rey Sabatin   Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Vocals
Geoff Ward   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Dudley   Engineer
Geoff Taylor   Producer
Philip Shaw Bova   Mastering
John Henrys   Arranger,Composer,Audio Production
Steve Tatone   Composer
Doug Gouthro   Composer
Mitchell Nevins   Artwork
Rey Sabatin   Audio Production
Geoff Taylor   Audio Production

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