login | Register

Ready For the Flood

by: Mark Olson & Gary Louris

Album Artwork

Ready For the Flood
Mark Olson & Gary Louris
New West Records
By James Calemine

It's been over 14 years since Mark Olson and Gary Louris collaborated on The Jayhawks' 1995 CD Tomorrow The Green Grass. After years of traveling separate paths, Louris tried to keep the Jayhawks going and Olson moved to the desert with Victoria Williams. The Jayhawks were never really the same without Olson. At the same time, Olson never really generated music to rival his old band. For years the two did not communicate...

On Ready For the Flood Olson and Louris put aside the past to rekindle their musical partnership. Produced by The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, these 13 songs contain a depth that requires multiple listenings to obtain its real power. This stands as a singer-songwriter type album. It's heady rock and roll with folk-style instrumentation. Since their collaborative hiatus, Olson and Louris never lost their ability to construct interesting music which emerges on Ready For the Flood.

"The Rose Society" opens the CD and suddenly 15 years evaporate at the sound of the Olson and Louris' vocal harmonies. This acoustic song enables the workshop lyrics to resonate as one hears their latest work in old glories revisited. "Bicycle"  travels a Dylan path, but Robinson's invisible country-twang influence can be heard in this storyline song.

"Turn Your Pretty Name Around" continues a heavy-lidded, quiet direction this album seems to take at this point. A weeping pedal steel echoes some sort of sorrow that causes the music to influence the listener. A world-weary tone emanates from these tunes. Olson and Louris, now past youth, intend to continue playing songs in the tradition of the old bluesmen on Ready For the Flood.

"Saturday Morning On A Sunday Street" evokes Fred Neil and Tim Hardin's folk inclinations and street players sensibilities that proves to be classic 'Jayhawk' riddle-poem. "Kick The Wood" counts as another word-play music game they've built on all their material up to this point. A sad organ moans in the background on "Kick The Wood" to enhance their acoustic guitars and clear vocals.

"How'd we get so tired and helpless?" they sing in "Chamberlain, SD", which counts as the first song with an upbeat demeanor. Louris' guitar prowess does not emerge until this song, and even then his few licks are played in an emotive fashion. It's about what he's not playing. The next track, "Black Eyes" returns to a Nick Drake droning sound that sends the listener back under to an indigo mood.

"Doves and Stones" remind one of the Everly Brothers or even the Louvin Brothers in the way these two craft their words around melodies. Only together do they achieve such musical heights. "My Gospel Song To You" exists as a well crafted song. In fact, every song on this album is a well-crafted song. The material proves rainproof...

"When The Wind Comes Up" counts as one of the best songs Olson and Louris have ever written together. An eerie meloncholy threads this composition like some sad alchemy. In the words "There's no home without you here" reminds the listener the good old days may not return in terms of what each person's past holds. Louris' electric guitar in this song smells of pure desperate sorrow.

"Bloody Hands" sounds like some old country record. It doesn't sound like a tune recorded in 2008. Perhaps the mandolin and banjo verifies Ready For the Flood captures a timeless appeal in these uneasy days in the new year of our Lord, 2009. 
"Life's Warm Sheets" travels down the coffeehouse alleys Dylan, Fred Neil and Neil Young traversed throughout their careers. At this point, one might wish for a couple of more electric songs, but the continuance of mood eschews any doubt on track sequence.

The final song, "The Trap's Been Set" closes Ready For the Flood. As they sing, "I'm getting ready for the flood" one can hear that Gary Louris and Marc Olson have resigned themselves to always commit to their strength in songwriting. Ready For the Flood exists as an essential volume in the careers of Mark Olson and Gary Louris. One can only hope they continue to write songs together. Even in sad songs, things are a little brighter with them around...

 

related tags

Music,
Georgia,
Atlanta,
Mystery and Manners,

Comments

says...

Pork and shellfish are forbidden. stock market todayMeat and dairy products cannot be mixed. mortgage calculatorIngredients and processes must be inspected to make certain that nothing prohibited is introduced.mortgage payment calculator Even otherwise permissible meat is kosher only if slaughtered,mortgage calculator with taxes processed and inspected according to specific procedures under the supervision of a specially trained rabbi.

nicecoach says...

coach outlet coach outlet coach discount coach discount gucci sneakers gucci sneakers gucci outlet gucci outlet coach clearance coach clearance Coach Handbags Coach Handbags Gucci Trousers Gucci Trousers gucci sunglasses gucci sunglasses Gucci Clothing Gucci Clothing

xiaohe says...

If you want to show your dear, you can give her relations of links london ; if you want to give her astound, you can give herlinks of london jewellery Links of London loves truck choker, cover shape Love struck real silver choker linked with a delicate rhombus, can be shabby both in casual and formal way. Links of London Cheap Links of London Links jewellery links london sale Links of London 2011 Links of London Friendship links of london outlet london links charm bracelets sweetie bracelet charms Links of London Sale links of london uk Links of London Rings Sale Links Rings Sale Discount Links link of london Jewellery Links Friendship Links of London Sweetie Links of London Charms Links Sweetie london links When considering presents for a companion or a family part, you truly should to take the time to find the one that is right for you and the look that you want to get across. This is something thatlinks of london precious rings you will poverty to think about, and then you should do what is right for you. Links of London Charms Sale Links London Charms Links Charms sweetie bracelets sweetie charm bracelet Links London Necklaces Links Accessories Sale Links of London Accessories Links Necklaces Links of London Necklaces Links Rings Sale Links of London Watches Links of London Earrings Links London Rings Links of London Watches Sale Links Watches Links Watches Sale Links Accessories

says...

asics running shoes are one of the most sexy asics shoes.behind this asics onitsuka tiger there are some basketwork which advance the cheap asics shoes brightness.romeovable and replaceable comfort system insole is made of sheepskin latex and foam for comfort with a mylar sockiliner for warmth. Everywhere you go now you find that the cheap asics running shoes have become the latest fashion trend.Many humans buy asics onitsuka tiger day in and day out.asics running shoe

gucci456 says...

The men like Gucci shoes very much,and they like to gucci outlet shop to buy cheap Gucci shoes | gucci men shoes | Gucci Belts | Gucci Sunglasses | Gucci Hats | Women Gucci Boots | Gucci Bangle | Gucci Rings

griffin says...

I'm ready to hear this thing.

Please login or you can to leave a comment.

If you aren't registered, Register Now to start leaving comments.

Copyright 1998-2009 by Swampland Inc. All rights reserved.