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The Tree of Forgiveness
The highly-anticipated album, The Tree of Forgiveness, is Prine's first collection of new material since 2005's Grammy-winning Fair and Square. Rather than going out on a limb, Prine cultivated the themes that have brought... more »
The highly-anticipated album, The Tree of Forgiveness, is Prine's first collection of new material since 2005's Grammy-winning Fair and Square. Rather than going out on a limb, Prine cultivated the themes that have brought international acclaim since the 1970s. For example, he can take a topic like loneliness and make it funny or heartbreaking.
Prine teamed with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb to record in Nashville's historic Studio A, enlisting friends like Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires to sing along. The songs are new, although some had waited to be finished for decades, like a co-write with Phil Spectro called "God Only Knows." Another incomplete song, "I Have Met My Love Today," now celebrates the unexpected spark that leads to lifelong romance -- with a dash of youthful innocence. The musical arrangements may be simpler than on past efforts, yet his unique ability to distill complex emotions into everyday language remains fully intact.
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Len S. (3)
Reviewed on 2/15/2019...
It is hard to discolor one's opinion based on decades of enjoyment of an artist's work. Thirteen years without releasing new music? That's okay, I saw him in concert 15 times during that "musicless" period. Though most other music quickly grows old for me, I only tire of John Prine's songs briefly. His songs always comes roaring back. It seems incredible to me that I still regularly listen to his first release from the 70s. Can't say that about any other artist.
"Summer's End" is the crown jewel on this CD. An ode to those lost in the opioid crisis, you may want to enjoy the song several times before you watch the video. The visual interpretation adds a whole new level of emotion to the song.
John's guests on this album seem to never want to get in the way of his genius. Brandi Carlisle and Amanda Shires harmonize a few of his lines, Jason Isbell plays a mean slide guitar.
Overall, I rank this work his third-best behind his original release and "The Missing Years".
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