michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — THE JAYHAWKS

In album review on 09/01/2011 at 12:53 pm

The Jayhawks

Mockingbird Time

(Rounder)

On their first album together since 1995’s Tomorrow the Green Grass, Jayhawks founders Gary Louris and Mark Olson sound like two old friends getting together to shoot the shit and play some music. Mockingbird Time islaid-back, straightforward … and kind of boring. Louris has kept the Jayhawks alive with rotating personnel over the years (their last album came out in 2003) and recorded a stripped-down duo album with Olson in 2008, but this return to their old band moniker is mostly uninspired, despite the involvement of other original members. Yes, it’s nice to hear Louris and Olson harmonizing again on “Hide Your Colors” and “Closer to Your Side,” but those heavenly voices are on top of songs that rarely twinkle like the classics they made in the ’90s. 

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