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Tomorrow the Green Grass

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Artist: The Jayhawks
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: 1994

Review by LarryG
4 stars out of 4

Tomorrow The Green Grass is a joyful record from one of the best bands of the 90's. Though it turned out to be their last record together, the center of the record is the harmonies of singer/writers Gary Louris and Mark Olson, creating a warm, inviting feel. On the masterpiece Blue, they sing of the sadness of being left but the uplifting vocals make it clear things are going to be O.K. The band has fun on Ten Little Kids, a nostalgic celebration of being with your buddies with no adults in sight and Badfinger's Bad Time. Miss Williams' guitar is a little gag inducing in its worshipful lyrics about Olson's love for wife Victoria Williams but the music convincingly communicates his joy.  The Jayhawks have since been able to survive Olson's departure thanks to Louris' brilliant writing and playing. On Tomorrow The Green Grass, his soaring, infectious music matches the tale of abandoning all for love on I'd Run Away. Two Hearts is a poignant song about how being in love can cause a couple pain. The hooks on songs like Nothing Left To Borrow are irresistable, the playing is great and the sound is always welcoming and real folk rock.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...there's always a riff or two that suggest that someone in the band has one hell of a record collection. That's fitting, since the Jayhawks reflect rock's past much more than its future. They're not backward looking, though--they just like their music simple and direct..." 3.5 Stars - Very Good Rolling Stone 3/9/95, pp.66-67

"...They pick up where they left off, stranded between a promise and a hard place. The harmonies of [Gary] Louris and Mark Olson are as clean as the emotions are muddled, as though every beacon of grace was a mirage, and each hard-won blessing a curse..." 7 - Recommended Spin 3/95, pp.96-97



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