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The Thorns ~ The Thorns
If ever a group's moniker were wrapped in florid irony, surely it's this bright, buoyant summit meeting of contemporary popmeisters Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins, and Pete Droge. Backed by an all-star studio ensemble that includes Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz, Brendan O'Brien, and Roy Bittan, the three nominally insulated musicians don't so much claim the legacy of Crosby, Stills & Nash on the harmonic riches of "Think it Over" and glorious "Now I Know" (equally hard to imagine the baby-boom icons wrapping themselves around the chunky funk of the title track here or the pointed impressionistic allegory of "Dragonfly") as find a musical common ground that can't help but echo history in its folk-rooted vocal glories, yet forges a higher, ego-sublimating higher ground that's anything but nostalgic. Fans of the three musicians may recognize their various sensibilities at work throughout, but it's a rewarding collaboration that virtually defies deconstruction. Don't be misled by the name--this is a beautiful, musically fragrant bouquet. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
Instead, Shawn Mullins, Matthew Sweet, and Pete Droge would leave the solo spotlight behind and attempt to be (or at least appear) unified in everything. The enhanced CD includes a nice interview with the band wherein they talk about their efforts to share the spotlight evenly. Together the three wrote the songs on this album while staying in a reclusive mountain hideaway. None of the band claims the spotlight or asserts a leadership role. Truly The Thorns seem like three guys who began music for nothing more the love of it, have tasted some success as solo singer-songwriters, and wanted to try something new in an evenly shared endeavor.
The end result is this "debut" album, replete with American roots rock, acoustically based and filled with pleasant melodic tracks and plenty of harmonizing vocals. While the CD tends to meander or even plateau in a few places, these moments only accentuate the general relaxing, moderate, soothing pace and feel of the album. The frequent comparisons of The Thorns to Crosby, Stills, & Nash are understandable, given the sound of the music on this album, but not valid unless this new trio reaches the record of commercial success and sociopolitical influence their predecessors attained.
It's hard not to listen to this disc and believe these guys are just trying to have fun making music, as they love to do, in a somewhat different environment.Read more ›
The packaging here is first class. I love the booklet material, there are band/single photos, legible lyrics (why put them in there if you can't read them; take note Hall & Oates (most recent album)) and the usual credits. Very pleased.
1. Runaway Feeling: Background harmonies have a Beach Boy feel, but not in a good way. This is a straight-ahead folk rock styled opener that fits perfectly at the beginning of this journey.
2. I Can't Remember: This is the first single, as everyone probably knows, and is the best cut on the cd. Not that the others don't stack up, but this is instantly memorable and very catchy. Universal lyrics that almost anyone alive can relate to, and the blending of these three distinctive voices certainly are a highlight here.
3. Blue: Decent cover that keeps the flow of the album going. Not a personal favorite, but not a bad effort either.
4. Think It Over: This is a great example for the title of my review. Pleasant, a little bland, but very good. This one just kind of blends into the rest of the album, though I seldom skip it.
5. Thorns: Not a personal favorite, but it was necessary to step things up a bit at this point in the album. Otherwise I'm afraid I might have needed a wake up call. It's a little experimental, more rock than the rest of the cd, and a needed breath of fresh air.
6. No Blue Sky: Shawn Mullins turns in his best vocal contribution on this track.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
There's a prophetic line at the start of the second track, "I Can't Remember": "I'm not gonna lie to you, something is missing. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Richard Nelson
This is one dull disc. I'm a fan of mellow music, but hearing these three guys all singing at the same time on every song made me instantly think of CSN&Y, a band I strongly... Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Fats Crappernappy
For some reason or another, Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins decided to form the supergroup known as The Thorns. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by Anthony Rupert
good album; songs are poetry and performed well; well worth the twelve bucks to buy the album; personal favorite song: i set the world on firePublished on Jan. 10 2004
I have been a long time Matthew Sweet fan, his CD Girlfriend is one of my all time favorites, so when I saw The Thorns CD at Best Buy for $9.99, I said "why not? Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by Sean T. Rayburn
Finally a new group ( Well, seasoned pros playing together )that can ALL sing and Harmonies that bring back CSN and others we all enjoyed. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by John Lindh
Ahh, HERE'S where everyone's reviews are hiding! <grin> Good to see the large numbers of mostly positive reviews here, although I'm a bit put off by the numbers of people... Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003 by Oliasdoug
A great album, the like of which are rare these days. Hard to tell who might have influenced them more CSN&Y or Petty, or maybe the Eagles, but really who cares, simply put it... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by James Peak
As a huge Shawn Mullins fan who thinks anything he puts out is more than great, I heard about the Thorns and bought it. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003