Sweet as the Grain

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Linus
  • UPC: 803057008827
  • Catalog Number: 270088
  • Sales rank: 304,123

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet as the Grain (5:19)
  2. 2 Lost in the Canyon (5:59)
  3. 3 Padawadamie (2:30)
  4. 4 Ain't Gonna Drink No More (2:13)
  5. 5 Thought Yourself Lucky (3:16)
  6. 6 New Years (3:45)
  7. 7 Truth Be Told (Inez) (3:52)
  8. 8 No More Rock N Roll (2:19)
  9. 9 El Dorado (4:35)
  10. 10 Angel (3:00)
  11. 11 Ugly Town (3:13)
  12. 12 Golden Train (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
The 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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