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Customer Reviews

Jayhawks Rock Their Comeback Record

What an album. Just got the album today and it's already grown on me immensely. They've still got it!

And it isn't just Tomorrow The Green Grass, vol. 2, which it easily could have been. Mad props for that. This picks up right where TTGG left off before they moved onto Sound of Lies. Mockingbird Time in a sense is what SOL would have been had Olson never departed.

Mockingbird Time very much has all the elements of a great Jayhawks record: the writing, the harmonies, the HOOKS. But it doesn't blindly follow some generic formula; this thing is AMBITIOUS.

Stellar record. Give it a few listens, and TURN IT UP!!!

Not too sure

I do not like this album. It just did not seem to blend. Granted that's an opinion after only one listen, I hope I change my mind because I absolutely love Rainy Day Music and Tomorrow the Green Grass.

I love this band enough to say it...

...and the truth is this; the Jayhawks, one of the finest bands ever, could not have happened without Mark Olson. He was seminal, instrumental, and absolutely vital to the band's genesis and early growth. His leaving was awful, as all things of that nature are at first, yet I think everything happens for a reason. Gary Louris grew as a songwriter, a bandleader, and a producer, and the Jayhawks' sonic palette and particular style along with him.
I know many will disagree in the name of traditionalism, but I think Smile and Rainy Day Music are two of the best albums by anyone ever- they are crowing achievements of songwriting, singing, and record-making. Louris had a vision undiluted by loyalty to history, politics, or friendship. All noble pursuits, but good albums these alone do not make. Therefore, I offer that this album is a wonderful testament to hatchet-burying and time-healed wounds, but I think the Jayhawks of the last two albums were grown up and away from those of the first two classic albums; arguably not better but most certainly different... and i just do not think this album is anywhere near the same quality as any of the aforementioned works. There are exceptions: 'She Walks...' and 'Tiny Arrows' are both masterpieces, but man, I'll eat my words if Louris is not the main songwriter of those two. I know folks are going to flip, and I mean no disrespect, but I'm listening and listening... and this is just the hard truth.


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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