For those who like incandescent vocals, this CD ranks right up there with albums like Van Morrison's Veedon Fleece.
Other than Trinity Sessions, which is in a world of its own, I haven't been too impressed with the other CD's by this band, but in this effort Margo and the boys found something that reaches deep and will stay with you.
Don't misunderstand the Junkies. They are subtle and unobtrusive like gold dust beneath the roaring river of commercial music. Pale Sun Crescent Moon is brilliant, and possibly their best album ever but, you could miss it all if you don't buy it! Once you catch on to their siren call, you will, happily, never be the same.
As always, the lyrics are of the highest quality and deserve the full attention of the fan. Some of us are going to regret the hypnotical quality of the sound of THE TRINITY SESSION that became the trademark of the Cowboy Junkies but Margo's sad and melancholic voice is still here and you cannot deny to the band the right to explore new musical territories.
ON THE SILL and ANNIVERSARY SONG are, in my opinion, pure masterpieces but I didn't like so much songs like SEVEN YEARS or THE POST, the music destroying the purity of Margo's voice. Ten songs out of twelve have been written by Michaël Timmins and the electrical flavour of the CD owes a lot to the guitarist Ken Myhr. Other musical guests include Jeff Bird with his mandolin and Richard Bell at the piano.
A CD deserving to be rediscovered.