Cowboy Junkies / Renmin Park
Album: Renmin Park   Collection:General
Artist:Cowboy Junkies   Added:Jun 2010
Label:Razor & Tie Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-11-28 Pull Date: 2011-01-30
Week Ending: Jan 30 Jan 16 Jan 9 Jan 2 Dec 26 Dec 19 Dec 12
Airplays: 1 2 1 5 1 2 3

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 04, 2011: Everyday Commotion
Stranger Here
4. Jan 13, 2011: Daydream Disaster
Stranger Here, Intro
2. Jan 27, 2011: Daydream Disaster
Stranger Here
5. Jan 04, 2011: Time Traveler - Best of 2010
Stranger Here
3. Jan 15, 2011: Music Casserole
Stranger Here
6. Jan 01, 2011: Music Casserole
A Walk In The Park

Album Review
Reviewed 2010-11-22
First of several travel-based albums to be released by Cowboy Junkies, this album has flavors of southern China, where M. Timmins’ family spent a few months. The general tone is slow and languid, as most CJ albums are, but there are some unexpectedly lively, noisy, and grinding tracks and sections of songs. A nice step forward for a long-lived band.

1. Park bandstand brass band in the (titular, “People’s”) park, children singing
2. Slow folk song that you would expect from Cowboy Junkies
3. Slow, driving, noisy, churning dirge that you would hardly expect
4. Catchy pop song with a helping of rock ‘n’ noise
5. Plodding
6. Slow but swinging, nice textures
7. Mysterious, beautiful
8. Creepy echo effects that have no set temporal relationship to the vocals being echoed, they just drift before, after, around, over …
9. Distorted Chinese-flavored pop music
10. Run-of-the-mill mid-tempo
11. Slow country twang
12. Slowly slumping forward, Chinese vocals and instruments give this track the most “flavor” of any of these travel-influenced tracks
13. Limp musically but evocative lyrically
14. Teensy phone dial tune followed by “Sorry, no answer” message

Track Listing
1. Intro   8. Cicadas
2. Renmin Park   9. Interlude
3. Sir Francis Bacon At The Net   10. My Fail
4. Stranger Here   11. Little Dark Heart
5. A Few Bags Of Grain   12. A Walk In The Park
6. I Cannot Sid Sadly By Your Side   13. Renmin Park (Revisited)
7. (You've Got To Get) A Good Heart   14. Coda