[NEW RELEASE] Cowboy Junkies
“All That Reckoning”
Label: Proper Records
Cowboy Junkies return from a years long recording sojourn with “All That Reckoning,’’ one of the best albums of their extended career. Occasionally ramping up the quiet, haunting sounds of “The Trinity Sessions,’’ their 1988 classic, with doses of tougher arrangements and topical themes, the three Timmins siblings and bassist Alan Anton again perform up to their high standards.
Some albums are love at first listen, others take a while to sink in, and some just sink. “All That Reckoning’’ definitely belongs in the first batch, a record that’s instantly accessible, likable and memorable without merely trying to repeat old triumphs.
Guitarist-songwriter Michael Timmins says the reckoning is both personal and political and the title track launching the album with the Junkies’ trademark reverberations is definitely in the personal realm - “You took my heart and softly asked for more.’’
Over 30 years into their career, “All That Reckoning’’ shows Cowboy Junkies in peak form, adding another inspired, alluring album to their repertoire.