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Blue Earth

The Jayhawks

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Album Review

The songs which make up Blue Earth originated as demos, and save for some minor studio tinkering, are presented here in their original embryonic state. As a consequence, the record lacks punch; spare and economical, the songs are simply too primitive to come to life in this setting. Nonetheless, the growth of the band's songwriting skills over their debut is substantial; while many of the themes — drifting, drinking, and lost love — remain the same, they're handled with greater insight and clarity than before, with a keen eye for detail and nuance.

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by the gifted songwriting, impeccable playing, and honeyed harmonies of vocalists/guitarists Mark Olson and Gary Louris, the Jayhawks' shimmering blend of country, folk, and bar band rock made them one of the most widely acclaimed artists to emerge from the alternative country scene. The group sprang up in 1985 out of the fertile musical community of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Olson had been playing standup bass in a rockabilly band called Stagger Lee. His desire to write and perform his own...
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Blue Earth, The Jayhawks
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  • €10.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Country, Alternative Country
  • Released: 1989

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