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Sound of Lies

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Artist: Jayhawks
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: August 1998

Review by LarryG
4 stars out of 4

The Jayhawks had one of the best track records of any band in the 90's. Hollywood Town Hall established Gary Louris and Marc Olson as good harmonizers and writers of serious, interesting folk rock songs with a real flavor of the midwest. Tomorrow the Green Grass showed added musical sophistication and was a generally joyful record. It looked like the band's improvement might be stopped when Olson left the band, but Sound of Lies is an indication that Louris was always the genius of the band. Sound of Lies is a breathtaking, unified, adult work. It's a leisurely record of mostly slow songs which yields its pleasures slowly but patience and repeated listenings are definitely rewarded. Sound of Lies is a theme album of sorts; the songs are mostly tales of a kind of depressed guy trying to see the best in things and cut through the garbage to simple truths. Trouble is a "bittersweet lament" about "trying to find a sweeter sound." When Louris sings in Haywire that the answer is to "smile, smile, smile", it's hard not to believe him. Louris' voice poignantly communicates the bittersweet nature of the songs. Drummer Tim O'Reagan ably replaces Olson on harmonies and Karen Grotberg's keyboards lighten the serious mood.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...remaining chief songwriter, Gary Louris, has pointed the band more toward his folk-pop preferences and psychedelic experimentation..." 2.5 Stars (out of 5) Rolling Stone 4/17/97, p.78

"...The emphasis here is shifted slightly from the group's country roots to a more straightforwardly melodic, at times Beatlesque songwriting approach..." 4 Stars (out of 5)  Q Magazine 5/97, p.122



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