BN.com Gift Guide

The Dark

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
No one writes songs about life on the fringes with more insight or humanity than Guy Clark. Like his previous albums, The Dark introduces a group of outcast characters trying to get through another day with body and soul intact. "Arizona Star" tells of an iconoclastic woman "with tombstones in her eyes" and a sword-carrying, purple tights-wearing girlfriend named George whose life is a circus, literally and figuratively; Clark doesn't ask us to like these women, but his admiring tone suggests they're more interesting than your run-of-the-mill celebrity. And who would've guessed that the fury driving the narrator of "Queenie's Song" -- unleashed when he finds his dog shot...
See more details below
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $12.20   
  • New (4) from $12.20   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
No one writes songs about life on the fringes with more insight or humanity than Guy Clark. Like his previous albums, The Dark introduces a group of outcast characters trying to get through another day with body and soul intact. "Arizona Star" tells of an iconoclastic woman "with tombstones in her eyes" and a sword-carrying, purple tights-wearing girlfriend named George whose life is a circus, literally and figuratively; Clark doesn't ask us to like these women, but his admiring tone suggests they're more interesting than your run-of-the-mill celebrity. And who would've guessed that the fury driving the narrator of "Queenie's Song" -- unleashed when he finds his dog shot dead -- would produce a chilling final verse revealing the narrator himself to be near the end of his days but unbowed in his quest for revenge? Adding to the resonance of Clark's songs is their timelessness, as his characters reflect not passing trends but the ongoing human condition. "Arizona Star" references the year of '75 and the title song mentions '99, but by not specifying a century, Clark emphasizes the songs' transcendent appeal. And when he does get specific, the results are equally profound. Although its lyrics don't assign it a year, the rustic, Irish-tinged acoustic music behind "Soldier's Joy," the tale of a wounded man's desperation for alcoholic relief as his gangrenous leg is being hacked off, evokes Civil War songs. Similarly, the stark "Homeless" tackles a contemporary problem with eloquence and sensitivity. Reveling in the intrigue and emotion surrounding characters outside the mainstream radar, The Dark is one of Clark's finest hours.
All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Clark's easygoing, front-porch delivery benefits from the intimate setting provided throughout The Dark. With plenty of space around the instruments and no production clutter in the way, the essence of each song conveys clearly as well. Surprises are few, and perhaps the least-surprising aspect of this set is that it is as well-crafted as one has a right to expect from Clark. Only one track, by Townes Van Zandt, is a cover. Subjects range from the historical, in the gruesome yet stoic "Soldier's Joy, 1864," to reflections on more modern tragedies; in the spoken verses and weary-sung choruses of "Homeless," Clark captures the fatalism of living on the streets with vernacular eloquence. Clark turns the death of a beloved dog into a mordant lament on "Queenie's Song" and ruminates on simple, visceral pleasures on "Mud." In truth, no one track stands out; each reflects the care of a writer or, on these songs, co-writer and singer -- more than that, an actor for whom music is his stage, and whose high standards seem likely to persist for a long, long time.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891107028
  • Catalog Number: 1070
  • Sales rank: 73,771

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mud (3:44)
  2. 2 Arizona Star (3:24)
  3. 3 Magnolia Wind (3:49)
  4. 4 Soldier's Joy, 1864 (3:38)
  5. 5 Dancin' Days (3:26)
  6. 6 Homeless (4:24)
  7. 7 Off the Map (3:44)
  8. 8 Bag of Bones (3:28)
  9. 9 She Loves to Ride Horses (3:33)
  10. 10 Rex's Blues (3:10)
  11. 11 Queenie's Song (2:38)
  12. 12 The Dark (3:49)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Guy Clark Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Verlon Thompson Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Vocals, Djembe, national steel guitar
Shawn Camp Fiddle
Tim O'Brien Fiddle
Darrell Scott Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion, Vocals, Mandocello, Marimbula, Guitar (Baritone)
Gillian Welch Vocal Harmony
David Rawlings Vocal Harmony
Chris Latham Violin
Technical Credits
Guy Clark Composer, Producer
Verlon Thompson Producer
Gene Eichelberger Mastering
Darrell Scott Producer
Chris Latham Producer, Engineer
Steve Nelson Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously