Album review

Cowboy Junkies - One Soul Now

Perhaps the Cowboy Junkies will never top the quiet glory of '88's The Trinity Sessions, the transcendent eeriness of which not only redefined new country but pioneered modern lo-fi. Yet every album since has had moments of menacingly forlorn Velvet Underground-meets-Hank Williams beauty. On One Soul Now they come principally from the title track, the haunting "From Hunting Ground To City" (with a Margo Timmins vocal so laid back it borders on inertia), the more upbeat "No Long Journey Home" and the lovely melancholia of "The Slide". "This ain't no depression, just notes falling slow," Timmins moans elsewhere. It's a fine distinction. Look out for the limited edition featuring a bonus cover-versions EP

Rating: 3 / 10


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