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Mother Jones - Union

Union

Mother Jones

Rising Sun Records

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

The sound here is the wonderful warm rich texture that you get from using analog equipment, and yet it is crisp and clean. However the supposed power of the band does not come through except sporadically here and there on the disc. For a 6-piece band the sound is not full and flushed out, for the most part it just doesn't manifest, whether it is the production or the band can't be established. The singing for the most part has little punch particularly on the duets, when Halina Janusz teams up with one of the other vocalists her voice becomes softer and has no energy, where she takes the lead, as on In Your Lies" or No More Rain, there's a much more forceful and dynamic presence, but even that doesn't rescue the disc. It wanders all over the place in styles, and for the most part the music ambles as opposed to going in a direction with purpose. It appears to be a band with very little direction or focus.

Jam band is a great moniker as it covers a broad spectrum from bluegrass based bands, think maybe Bela Fleck & The Flecktones to Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk with its concentration on New Orleans funk. Each of those bands concentrates on its strengths and then goes off in its jam portions into whatever genre of music they are feeling at the moment, then come back to their base. Maybe The Grateful Dead, of all the jam bands were so diverse because of the diversity and strengths of the musicians that made up the band. They had strong lead presence and directed the diversity and turned it into strength. This band seems to wander aimlessly with no destination.

Track List:

  • Lost In Emotion
  • Lay Me Down
  • In Your Lies
  • Round & Round
  • Needn't Worry Now
  • The Universe Song
  • Just Do Those Right Things
  • No More Rain
  • Milkin' The Cows
  • Let Yourself Free

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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