Tuesday, November 1, 2011
THE JAYHAWKS - MOCKINGBIRD TIME
So a couple of years ago when Olson and Louris got together as a duo, there were high hopes. Soon, they reactivated The Jayhawks and Mockingbird Time is the band's first album with both guys back in the fold. The album is good, but not great, and doesn't have anything as classic as the material on their early '90s records. On the other hand, the album gives the group new material to play in concert, which definitely holds up alongside the earlier stuff: the first single, "She Walks In So Many Ways" is one of the best songs of the year, and "Hide Your Colors," "Tiny Arrows" and "High Water Blues" are all great songs. Some of the songs (like the title track) just drag. But if this is more than a "reunion" album, and is actually a "reactivation" album, I think it's promising. The Jayhawks are the kind of band who could do their best album next year, they still have a knack for great hooks and beautiful harmonies.