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Album Review

Released in 1996, this CD definitively answers a question that has occasionally plagued the Cowboy Junkies: yes, they sound good, but can they rock? Though still laden with the melancholia that has marked previous efforts, this CD is sonically dense, guitar-drenched, and good at high-volume levels. Margo Timmins' voice has never been more expressive, and the lyrics shimmer with intensity. Although the band has occasionally touched on quiet moments reminiscent of fellow Canadian Neil Young, little they have done before this album approached the emotive wail of his louder efforts. The Cowboy Junkies have proven their versatility while retaining their unique sound.

Customer Reviews

Dive Into The Deep End

Everything that comes before and after in the Cowboy Junkies catalog is perfectly realized on this landmark album. The thick humidity of Athens, GA (where they recorded) is seeping out of the low end of the bass lines and Margo's haunting voice is soaked in the weight of experience. After completely losing oneself in the perfectly crafted lyrics, other beautiful colors appear including the percussion. From the tightest pocket on "A Common Disaster" to the understated flow of "Angel Mine", the drums perfectly match the mood and further reveal a band in full control of their art.

Signature Junkies

Although this could be debated, I feel strongly that track for track, this is by far their best work. The opening track, accented ever so slightly by Michael Timmons distorted guitar, sets the mood for an album that spans the myriad of human emotions. This album also futures what I consider to be one of the most beautiful love songs ever written, "Angel Mine". Sit back, turn it up, and enjoy.

A Must Have!

I truly believe this is one of the most amazing recordings I've ever heard. This is a must have for the collection, and I agree that it could be the best CD the Junkies have ever released. If I'm only able to keep 3 CDs ever, this is one. Common Disaster almost got me a speeding ticket, Angle Mine inspired me to learn how to play the guitar, Hold On To Me is a touching love song, and Something More Besides You hooks you on the CD from the start. Oh, and the other songs on here are also incredible. Thank you Junkies for a life-touching CD.


Formed: 1985 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

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

Although it didn't originally have anything to do with their sound, the Cowboy Junkies' name wound up seeming pretty accurate: their music was grounded in traditional country, blues, and folk, yet drifted along in a sleepy, narcotic haze that clearly bore the stamp of the Velvet Underground. The vast majority of their songs were spare and quiet, taken at lethargic tempos and filled with languid guitars and detached, ethereal vocals courtesy of Margo Timmins. Over the late '80s and '90s, the group...
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