Cowboy Junkies (from the album All That Reckoning)
The discoveries unfold along with the constant sonic rise of instrumentation in “All That Reckoning, Pt. 1”, the title track from the recent release from Cowboy Junkies. The constant throb of the rhythm undulates throughout the opening segment of the track in “Part One”, the companion piece presenting the same thoughts as more anxious, the tension felt in the sound of distorted guitars flashing like lightning around a dialogue and delivery perfectly matched to its first part for “All That Reckoning, Part 2”. Throughout a career that began in the late 1980’s, Cowboy Junkies have stayed true to the musical intentions heard on their breakthrough second album release, The Trinity Sessions. Moody melodies that wrap around conversational vocals delivered in an intimate near-hushed whisper.
Siblings Margo Timmins (vocals), Michael Timmins (guitar), Peter Timmins (drums) along with bassist Alan Anton formed Cowboy Junkies in 1985. The band has kept active over the course of sixteen albums, branding their own style of Alt Country that showcases influences of Country, Blues, Rock’n’Roll, and Folk. All That Reckoning drifts on “Mountain Streams”, the memories in its storyline meandering like the cascading rolls of rhythm on the track. Cowboy Junkies read the headlines of hate in daily newspapers, offering opinions of our ways in “Things We Do to Each Other” as they crunch chords to take a bite out of current times in “Sing Me a Song”. All That Reckoning climbs “Wooden Stairs” on slow traveling clouds of sonics, frames “Missing Children” in sharp-angled chord borders, and floats on rotating rhythms for “When We Arrive” while Cowboy Junkies look for the flaws that exist behind “Shining Teeth”.
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