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Review Text On their fifth studio album and sixth overall, the Kennedys meld the stripped-down songwriting poetics of 1998's Angel Fire with the tough guitar twang of Life Is Large and come up with a very consistent, mature, and solidly rocking combination of jangly guitar rock -- with a crunch -- and a keen sense of pop hooks and gorgeous melodies. With the exception of the first track, "Dharma Café," which is too cute and overly clever in its cynicism and nostalgia, each of Pete and Maura Kennedy's songs is a lush exercise in lyrical prowess and instrumental grace. "Rainbow" with its the glorious, Lou Adler meets Brian Wilson production textures and irresistible chorus is an early standout. The bluesy psychedelic swagger (complete with killer reverb guitar) of "Ashes and Sand" is wonderful for its stark smoky beauty, and the country-rock foundation of "Tupelo" is better than anything on CMT. The use of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" in a folk-rock tune is ingenious, and "Pilgrim" is one of the most haunting and anthemic songs the pair have written since "River of Fallen Stars." The set closes with a moving, tender read of the late Dave Carter's signature song, "When I Go." It's a fitting tribute to a fallen friend who is obviously missed and revered. It's also the perfect way to end your most forward-thinking and consistent recording yet. Highly recommended. ~ Thom Jurek

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Dharma Cafe - 3:25
  2. 2. Stand - 4:18
  3. 3. Easy People - 4:00
  4. 4. Pilgrim - 4:11
  5. 5. Raindrop - 4:33
  6. 6. Ashes and Sand - 4:56
  7. 7. Dance Around in the Rain - 4:50
  8. 8. Tupelo - 4:32
  9. 9. Miracle Mile - 3:24
  10. 10. Don't Hold Your Breath - 3:18
  11. 11. Anna and the Magic Gown - 4:18
  12. 12. When I Go - 4:56

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