This is Joan Baez' 50 year anniversary recording music and her 24th studio recording. Yes, her voice has aged and mellowed, but I still love her as an alto as much as I did a soprano.
Joan Baez and Steve Earle are an interesting combination indeed. This wasn't the match I'd have picked, but they work beautifully together. Earle adds an earthy touch to Baez that fits her deeper, lower voice.
Baez and Earle have done a splendid job picking a lineup of songs from the best of today's composers.
"Requiem", which was written and sung originally by the amazingly talented Eliza Gilkyson, was originally written for the tsunami, but the words reflect the pain we've recently experienced from the hurricanes as well.
Of course, there would be a song about Iraq. The title song, "Day After Tomorrow" written by Tom Waits, is one of the strongest narratives of what it's like to be a soldier.
You'd think mining songs wouldn't be that topical anymore. "Henry Russell's Lament" which is the story of a trapped miner, will break your heart.
"Jericho Road" is another winner. It's a minimalist Gospel ballad with a lead and responding chorus that will instill the song in your memory for years to come.
My only gripe is at 37 minutes and 10 songs, this CD ends too soon and feels a bit short for me.
Rebecca Kyle, September 2008
- Audio CD (8 September 2008)
- Original Release Date: 8 September 2008
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Audiobook, Import
- Label: Proper Music Distribution
- ASIN: B001AX69A6
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)