This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 8/01
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Swathed in loss and pain but embracing a soothing element of reflection, Tim Harrison roots through the debris of human upheaval for most of his cuts and then sets listeners back on their heels with the hymn-like "Prayer Watching." Presented with soft guitar backing, he sings in a positive vein of the unworldly but hopeful simplicity in youthful prayer:
"I hear the prayers you breathe before you sleepHe concludes with:
as you ask God for your soul to keep
and I wonder how in young years
you found the things you say
and how you've brought to focus
things that could be far away..."
"...and in your eyes the universe unfoldsMost of the cuts glisten with a similar simple, quiet eloquence.
as you look up when your story's told
to make sure that someone's listening
To what you have to say
to send your feelings outward
and to see them on their way..."
Of a doomed-to-failure, mismatched couple inhabiting the haunting "Ghosts on PEI," Harrison sings of needs unrecognized and unmet:
"...only ghosts go fleeting byHe finishes with this revealing confession:
when you do not choose to live
there are only alibis
and no love can you give..."
"...you were my lover and my foeThe theme of lost love also occupies the canvas of both "Sara And The Sea" and "One Woman." In "One Woman," Harrison sings of another coupling--this one of a nomadic soul, whose dancing feet cause the earth to surrender and whose hair is blown back by the four winds, with someone bent on the conventional:
it wasn't easy to let go..."
"...now I guess that you could say we were happyThe desperation of down-and-outers is juxtaposed with the catchy, almost upbeat rhythm of "Gonna Ride That Train." Singing of the state of life and mind during economic downturns, Harrison, backed by harmonica and violin, sings:
at least I can say for a time
but the urge it caught, it was time to go
I can never use that word mine..."
"...it seems that if you're broke these daysHarrison, as on past CDs, continues mining the vagaries of human interactions on this release and again has unearthed some intriguing nuggets. The production is minimal but appropriate, with harmonica, violin and guitar all complementing his usual strong and attractive vocals.
you're safer back at home
but just when you're back
you hear wheels on the track
and wonder when you have to go..."
Harrison on lead and harmony vocals, guitar and percussion is backed by Liane de Lotbiniere on background vocals; Zeke Mazurek on violin; Paul Mills on mandolin; Dennis Pendrith on bass; and Chris Whiteley on harmonica.
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