- Audio CD (April 4 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B00004S5G8
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Jeremy Newborn Street|
|3. This Town Is Wrong|
|4. Maybe It's Love|
|5. May Day Cafe|
|6. Caroline Dreams|
|8. One Hundred Names|
|9. Mr. Right Now|
|10. Jack The Giant Killer|
|11. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry|
|12. Mercy House|
|13. Keys To The Kingdom|
|15. I Still Believe In My Friends|
The thing about this CD (the reason for the 4 stars and not 5) is that I often find myself skipping around on the disc, and end up listening to about three-quarters of it. I find that I enjoy their upbeat songs, and that the slower ones are too weird and alternative for me. As other reviewers have mentioned, the disc has a wandering quality to it, where it doesn't always connect. I think this is what bothers me about it.
That said, it is a wonderful CD. The mix of bluegrass, folk, country and rock keeps it in my CD player on a regular basis. The tracks that I do listen to are so good that they make the CD worth owning.
I bought this CD because Amazon told me to. The recommendations engine told me I'd like it because I like Moxy Früvous and Dar Williams (who have guest spots on this album). The wisdom of Amazon was mostly on target. The sisters Nields (Nerissa and Katryna) are both possessed of lovely, distinctive voices that sound especially striking twined together in close harmony. The music itself is a kind of quirky folk-rock that often simply supports the vocals -- and the fact that it sounds "simple" is a sign of the good musicianship here. There are some nice instrumental flourishes and frills. I *do* like the soaring guitar solo in "Wanting."
The lyrics can be quite witty and observant, as in "Mr. Right Now" and "This Town Is Wrong." Or they can just think they are, as in the Barbie poem. They can be poignant, as in "Caroline Dreams," or they can skirt the edge of syrupy, as in "One Hundred Names," which, to be fair, I am quite fond of...chocolate syrup is good on ice cream! Or the lyrics can achieve a near-perfect balance of familiar and unique, as "Jack the Giant Killer" manages -- between the lyrics and the sophisticated layering of sound, I count this as the album's standout track.Read more ›