Tomorrow the Green Grass
First Appeared at The Music Box, June 1996, Volume 3, #4
Written by John Metzger
The Jayhawks hails from Minnesota and plays a mixture American and British music, borrowing heavily from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s and stirring it up in its own unique style. Tomorrow the Green Grass, its latest endeavor, seems to be its breakthrough success.
It's easy to pick out influences that are scattered throughout Tomorrow the Green Grass. These run the gamut from Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Starship (I'd Run Away) to Neil Young (Miss Williams' Guitar) to David Bowie (Nothing Left to Borrow), and there are plenty of hints of The Byrds and Rolling Stones tucked in between. Even The Feelies (Pray for Me) and The Band (Red's Song) have a presence within The Jayhawks' work.
The music on Tomorrow the Green Grass, much like its predecessors, is simple, or so it seems. Yet, each pass through the endeavor reveals something more. As is noted in the liner notes, "these songs aren't as simple as they might seem at first glance." How true that is. The Jayhawks has crafted a gem by carrying rock's glorious past into the present.
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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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