One of the greatest singers of traditional Irish folk music has proven to fans across the world that he can also sing American country with the best of 'em. He truly feels this music, and on this album, he reveals his innate understanding of the songs and soul of the late Jim Reeves, singing 23 Reeves classics.
CONTENTS: THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE USA, MANHATTAN, KANSAS, THE AWARENESS OF NOTHING, FUNNY FACE, A LITTLE SOMETHIN' (TO HANG ON TO), DADDY DUMPLIN', HOW CLOSE YOU CAME (TO BEING GONE), SOCIETY'S GOT US, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST PERFECT, JOHNNY B. GOODE
May 15, 2001
By this stage in the Cowboy Junkies' career, surprises are few and far between and 2001's <I>Open</I> is no different. The dreamy Toronto quartet remains on a slow boil, torn between Margo Timmins's somnambulant singing and brother Michael's ragged bolts of guitar. As usual, nothing sounds rushed and everything progresses at its own pace--gradual. "I Did It All for You," the opening cut, begins with a slash of howling feedback, but even that's muted and reduced to barely a whisper. The sinister "Dragging Hooks" pairs Talk Talk-style atmospherics with grim lyrics about searching a river for a body, while the epic "Dark Hole Again" is about as close to angular funk as the Junkies get. Admittedly, the progress from previous records is minimal, and there's nothing on <I>Open</I> that's particularly shocking or new, but at the very least, Cowboy Junkies are consistent. <I>--Matt Galloway</I>