The Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian folk, rock and blues band formed in 1985 comprising three siblings from the Trimmings entertainment family.
They first received attention and critical acclaim in 1988 with their “Trinity Session“ album.
They have a gentle and mellow melodic sound with distinctive vocals that greatly appeal both on record and in concert.
The band is well served by its name.
Dreamy and haunting the music has a magical way of seeping into your consciousness.
In a new departure for them the band over the last two years have released this “Nomad” series of albums.
Volume 1 was the experimental “Renmin Park”.
Volume 2 “Demons” an album of the songs of Vic Chestnut.
Volume 3 “Sing in my Meadow” the summer rocky fuzzy one.
In this, the culmination of their musical odyssey we get their “full on” dreamy atmospheric sound which started it all for them.
All forms of human life are here from a broken love affair “Damaged from the Start”, challenging religious doctrine in “Idle Tales” and that great human mystery suicide in “Unanswered Letter”.
I particularly liked the airy wistfulness of “Angels in the Wilderness”.
Proceedings are brought to a fine finale with “F… I hate the cold”.
The Cowboy Junkies will warm your heart.
My fancy has been tickled by their style and elegance.
I’m off to order their back catalogue on the strength of this.
The Cowboy Junkies The Wilderness (The Nomad Series-Volume 4) Proper Records