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Vagabonds
     

Vagabonds

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by Gary Louris
 
As guitarist and frequent songwriter with the Jayhawks, Gary Louris was on hand from the group's atmospheric country-influenced early recordings to their later grand-scale pop productions, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Louris' first solo album should embrace both ends of this musical spectrum. Vagabonds manages to

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As guitarist and frequent songwriter with the Jayhawks, Gary Louris was on hand from the group's atmospheric country-influenced early recordings to their later grand-scale pop productions, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Louris' first solo album should embrace both ends of this musical spectrum. Vagabonds manages to sound grand and organic at once, with the arrangements and production capturing a sense of the wide open spaces of Hollywood Town Hall and Rainy Day Music, especially on the beautifully heart-tugging "She Only Calls Me on Sundays," while also encompassing the more ambitious melodic conceits of Smile and Sound of Lies on tracks like "Black Grass" and "Omaha Nights." There's also quite a bit of stylistic cross-talk between these two poles, and Louris' lyrics reach for a more personal and philosophical tone than he's offered in the past. There's a poignant search for answers in "Omaha Nights" and a longing for the solace of love in "To Die a Happy Man" that digs deeper into the psyche than he's been willing to go in the past, and even simpler compositions such as "We'll Get By" and "I Wanna Get High" reveal a new level of maturity and a willingness to experiment. Louris has rarely if ever been in better form as a singer than he is on Vagabonds, delivering his lyrics with a passion and sincerity that serve their emotional power well, and his guitar work is as strong and forceful as ever. Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes produced the sessions (with Thom Monahan engineering), and the pairing is an inspired one; the result is an album that sounds full-bodied but natural and uncluttered, and gives Louris' fine songs plenty of room to reveal their virtues. Anyone who has followed the Jayhawks' career knows that Gary Louris is a major talent, and Vagabonds demonstrates he's still capable of making remarkable music outside the framework of the band.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2008
Label:
Rykodisc
UPC:
0014431092527
catalogNumber:
10925

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Performance Credits

Gary Louris   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Susanna Hoffs   Choir, Chorus
Chris Robinson   Choir, Chorus
Adam MacDougal   Keyboards
Jonathan Wilson   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Electric Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Andy Cabic   Choir, Chorus
Jenny Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Joshua Grange   Pedal Steel Guitar
Otto Hauser   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Gary Louris   Composer
Chris Robinson   Producer
Thom Monahan   Producer,Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction

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