This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 5/04
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"...forget about the sins you should be pure of"New World a-Comin'" is early Dylanesque and not just with its guitar and rack harp backing. It's seemingly about nature in revolt but certainly open to more complex interpretations. It could be seen as a possible companion piece to "The Times They Are A Changing."
focus on campassion, life is brief...
...if you're one of those who can receive it
praise this holy miracle of grace
love's the only treasure
whether anyone believes it
flickering in every sngle face."
"on his way to kingdom comeThe "Man Upstairs" could be mistaken for a Greg Brown song, with Jones' delivery and vocals cementing that connection. "So Early Early in the Spring," a spurned love /sailor song, is a curious inclusion, not because of its content, which makes sense in the context of this release's subject matter, but because it is a direct, easy to connect the dots tale.
his wife got the house and children
Jeremiah only got his thumb..."
"...In forest deep, in city canyonFor one who just has been unable to connect with JP Jones' previous material, this is a very welcome addition. Acoustic folk fans would do well to check out this release.
no comfort deeper, fierce or true
you are my love and dear companion...
...upon this long and lonesome highway
I call on grace to see me through
whatever troubles may come my way
I lay me down to sleep with you"
All songs by JP Jones, except as indicated.
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