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Album Review

Eliza Gilkyson counts herself among the cadre of contemporary singer/songwriters who mix thoughtful lyrics and folk roots to create a heady combination of poetry and music. Her vocal style, a quiet whisper with a gritty edge, adds a bit of depth to her musical vision, while her revolving door of musicians on Land of Milk and Honey lays down a relaxed foundation. Gilkyson, like other musical poets in the post-9/11 world, has serious things on her mind, and it's hard to imagine that a title like Land of Milk and Honey is meant to be read straight. "Hiway 9" gives the album an ominous start, with elliptical references to the Middle East, oil, and tax dollars going to God knows where. Unlike a number of left-leaning songwriters, Gilkyson seems content to never quite spell out what she means. "Wonderland," a tryst without commitment, seems equally dark on the surface, and Gilkyson's vocal recalls Lucinda Williams' carnal confessions on Essence. The difference, though, is that "Wonderland"'s rhythm is infectious, and the band takes the song at such an upbeat pace that a tryst, while not love, is not bad. Gilkyson's fans will find Land of Milk and Honey another solid effort by one sharp and incisive writer with a distinct voice. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Wiser because of Eliza

For my money, and I mean this literally, since I have bought everything of hers I can get my hands on, Eliza Gilkyson is one of the best singer-songwriters alive. I want everyone to hear her music. This CD might be her best. Her songs wrench emotion from the depths, and she succeeds in reaching the same depths in the listener that she apparently reaches in herself as she writes. The songs are more political on this CD than on past CDs. If you are four-square behind Bush and the boys, you might not be able to get past that, but if you are already in her political camp or if you CAN look past that, you can appreciate some of the most soulful and haunting music available. I'm not really prepared to write about songs in detail, but I wanted like everything to tell music lovers about Eliza, and when iTunes launched a review system, I wanted to speak up.

land of milk and honey

i found out about eliza gilkyson because my mom copped the CD at a mary chapin carpenter show. honestly, i wasn't expecting it to be any good, but i heard it in her car, borrowed it, and realized how great she is. dark side of town is a great song about addiction and recovery on multiple levels. the ballad of yvonne johnson is intense and brutally honest. and wonderland is just a great song, it's catchy and meaningful. there's only maybe two tracks that didn't stand out, i would give this album 4 and half stars if i could. either way i am going to be getting some more of her stuff.

Grammy nominated

This CD was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. It is outstanding!


Born: 1950 in Hollywood, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Folk singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of folk-pop singer/songwriter Terry Gilkyson (1916-1999). Her father wrote and recorded "The Cry of the Wild Goose," which Frankie Laine covered for a number one hit in 1950, as well as the 1953 Top Ten hit "Tell Me a Story," recorded by Laine Jimmy Boyd. As a performer, he was co-credited with the Weavers on the 1951 Top Ten hit "On Top of Old Smoky." With Richard Dehr and Frank Miller, he was a member of the Easy...
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