Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos
First Appeared at The Music Box, December 1999, Volume 6, #12
Written by John Metzger
Talk about your laid-back country albums. Sally Timms kicks off her latest release Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos by covering Guy Lawrence's Dreaming Cowboy, and she couldn't have picked a better song to open the disc. Dreaming Cowboy works perfectly to set the mood, delicately balancing between yesteryear and present day.
Throughout Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos, Timms is backed by a largely acoustic band, whose gentle, subdued instrumentation floats by with graceful effervescence. Violin, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and acoustic guitar are gently molded into an inviting pillow upon which Timms rests her silky voice.
Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos is indeed chock-full of dreamy lullabies for the lovelorn left at the bar at closing time. Timms debuts new songs from Jeff Tweedy (When the Roses Bloom Again) and Robbie Fulks (In Bristol Town One Bright Day) and also pens three new compositions with former bandmate Jon Langford. On all of these, her soothing voice delivers the disconsolate lyrics with such tranquil beauty that at first the sadness contained in them is easy to overlook. However, digging deeper, you're sure to find a wealth of emotion and uneasiness that just as readily can turn the lullabies into nightmares. ½
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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