I like Mockingbird Time. I don't think it will knock HTH or TTGG of their perch, but that's understandable.
As much as I love the harmonies of Mark and Gary, songwriting wise I really liked the direction that Gary took the band in after Mark left.
When Mark and Gary started working together again, I realized that their voices together was the missing component.
I don't think we should spend too much time measuring the new record against the lofty past recordings. Just enjoy. I will see The Jayhawks twice in November and can't wait to hear a fine mixture of the old and new!
I am also doing Richmond Fontaine's "The High Country". I have to say, I really like the harder songs - "Angus King Tries to Leave the House", "Lost in the Trees", "The Chainsaw Sea". I feel like the band sounds great on these tracks. I hope one of these days RF does an end to end rock album. In the meantime, I am digging this one.
Also listening to Giant Sand's "Provisions". I am new to Giant Sand, and so far, I am liking it a hell of a lot.
This week i,ve been enjoying the new Richmond Fontaine one , they have a remarkable consistency , top quality all the way.
As for The Jayhawks latest, well, there's a shocker ! I was expecting great things from this one , especially after the live show i saw in Glasgow. However, it's just not cutting the mustard at the moment.Getting slightly better with repeat attempts but a big disappointment. maybe my hopes were just too high in which case i'm gonna go through the same thing with the new Ryan Adams ? Hope not. heard a few from that one and it's shaping up to be a cracking album , maybe his best since Gold.