Rainy Day Music
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
have been struggling to rediscover the focus and soul their music
has been missing since founder and front man Marc Olson departed
some eight years ago. Finally, with their latest and seventh studio
album Rainy Day Music, the band has re-connected with the
folk-rock sound and spirit that originally drove the band's creative
success. The result is exactly what the album title suggests:
an extensive list of tightly knit melodies that make for a tranquil,
easy listening Sunday afternoon album.
Music finds the band returning to a familiar style and depth,
but not taking that foundation to new level. Tracks such as "Stumbling
Through the Dark", the gospelesque "Come to the River"
(complete with Jakob Dylan backup vocals), and "Save it for
a Rainy Day", provide the distinctive Jayhawks sound fans
have been craving, complete with rich harmonies and soulful lyrics.
album delivers little beyond a return to previous glory. Latter
tracks such as the honky-tonk heartbreak anthem "Angelyne",
and "Tampa to Tulsa", weaken the album with flat sounds
and half-hearted delivery. Fortunately, a reprised version of
"Stumbling Through the Dark" provides an encore and
rescue from mediocrity. All in all Rainy Day Music is a
pleasant collection that serves to remind us what this once mighty
group is capable of.
liked Rainy Day Music...
Stumbling Through the Dark
3. All the Right Reasons
4. Save it for a Rainy Day
5. The Eyes of SarahJane
6. One Man's Problem
7. Don't Let the World Get In Your Ways
8. Come to the River
11. You Look So Young
12. Tampa to Tulsa
13. Will I See You in Heaven
14. Stumbling Through the Dark