Cowboy Junkies – The Wilderness

Proper Records 2012

“The Wilderness” is the fourth and final album in Canada’s Cowboy Junkies Nomad Series. More of a sparse, acoustic offering than its predecessor “Sing In My Meadow”, the album brings to an end the 18 month period over which the series has been released.

Opening track “Unanswered Letter” finds vocalist Margo Timmins almost in Chrissie Hynde territory, the following eight tracks find the band in a more relaxed mode. From the gentle, almost haunting “The Confession of Georgie E”, the upbeat acoustic “Damaged From The Start”, or tracks such as “Idle Tales”, “Angels In The Wilderness” and “We Are The Selfish Ones”, there is a feeling of loneliness, vulnerability and loss. However, the musicianship of the band, alongside solid vocals hold the album back from being hard to listen to and instead turn each song into a story.

The band, made up of siblings- vocalist Margo, her two brothers guitarist Michael and drummer Peter- and bass player Alan Anton, are still gaining critical acclaim over 25 years into their career- and the album’s closing, and only electric track “Fuck, I Hate The Cold” is a possible hint as to where the sound of the band will head next.

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Nikk Gunns


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