Monday, January 23, 2012

Mockingbird Time by the Jayhawks

Mockingbird Time [Deluxe Edition]
by the Jayhawks

Mockingbird Time by the Jayhawks

During their heyday in the first half of the 1990s, The Jayhawks perfected a captivating sound that seamlessly blended the elegant folk-rock of The Byrds, the adventurousness of Buffalo Springfield, the hippiebilly soulfulness of The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the soaring harmonies of The Beach Boys. So it's richly ironic that their reappearance coincides with a dramatic resurgence of the musical approach they played such a central role in perpetuating--but this time around, The Jayhawks themselves are revered as icons by the young bands carrying on those same traditions, and it's their own legacy that they're advancing. On Mockingbird Time, their eighth album, and the first with the original lineup since 1995's Tomorrow The Green Grass, they're once again pushing the envelope in songs and performances of rarefied dynamism and grace. The album's shapes and textures range from the string-laden grandeur of "Hide Your Colors" and the widescreen vistas of "Tiny Arrows" to the streamlined 12-string jangle of "She Walks in So Many Ways" and the amphetamine frenzy of "High Water Blues."

Limited deluxe edition includes an exclusive DVD featuring Mockingbird Time: A Documentary, Oceanway Studios rehearsal sessions videos, and a never-before-seen performance from 1985, plus two bonus tracks, additional photos, lyrics, and deluxe packaging.

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