Mark Olson & Gary Louris - Ready For The Flood
As two of the founding members of the trailblazing alternative country group The Jayhawks, Mark Olson and Gary Louris made some of the most memorable twang in indie rock. Ready For the Flood is the first collaboration between the two former bandmates since 1995.
The album opens with the familiar acoustic country notes and vocal harmonies of "The Rose Society". The duet theme is repeated throughout the album, and it's one that Jayhawks fans have yearned for years to hear again.
Unfortunately, simple, slow, alt.country ditties are pretty much all we get on the album. The melodies are pleasant enough, but far from remarkable or noteworthy.
Some songs are memorable for the wrong reasons. In hushed tones Olson & Louris do a poor Simon & Garfunkel impersonation on "Saturday Morning On Sunday Street".
"Chamberlain, SD" is a rare gem. The tempo picks up and a walloping country romp is underway. Too bad it only lasts for one song.
A Mark Olson and Gary Louris reunion had a lot of allure and potential. It's too bad that Ready For the Flood fails to deliver.
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