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Greg Brown
Genres: Folk, Pop
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You'd be a hardened, dense soul if you didn't fall immediately for Greg Brown's "'Cept You and Me Babe," the opening track to Covenant, the latest in an astounding string of gems mixing blues, country, and folk with Brown'...  more »


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All Artists: Greg Brown
Title: Covenant
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Red House
Original Release Date: 8/8/2000
Release Date: 8/8/2000
Genres: Folk, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 033651014829

You'd be a hardened, dense soul if you didn't fall immediately for Greg Brown's "'Cept You and Me Babe," the opening track to Covenant, the latest in an astounding string of gems mixing blues, country, and folk with Brown's understated wit and tangy insights. "Half the people you see these days are talking on cell phones / Driving off the road and bumping into doors," he sings sardonically. "I guess nobody's lonely anymore / 'cept you and me babe." One of many such poignantly twisted lines, Brown and a pared-down, mostly acoustic band deliver a captivating set of new songs (including a delightful bonus "buried" track called "Marriage Chant"). His first record in three years is rich with deftly conveyed emotion, craft, and an elegant funkiness as raw and mature as Brown's own deep pipes. Produced by guitarist Bo Ramsey, Brown's new work bites and snarls, caresses and cackles under Ramsey's understated musical settings. --Martin Keller

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Not disappointed!
K. S. Sibbald | New Zealand | 08/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Contrary to the views of some other reviewers...I'm rating this one at about 41/2 - 5 stars. I've played it repeatedly since buying it last week and have not tired of the lyrics or the music. It does lack some of the wry humour of past songs but I don't see that as a reason to down-grade this cd - maybe Greg just wasn't in a humourous mood. A lot of great songs in a variety of musical styles.....I love them all but particularly the Memphis blues/soul (hints of the MG's?) of "blues go walking" and "real good friend"; the beautiful acoutic "lullaby"; "marriage chant"; "you and me babe"......all of them really except "blue car". Bo Ramsey, as usual, is fantastic on electric guitar. I had the pleasure of seeing Bo play live with Kevin Gordon at a small venue here in ChCh, NZ about 7 years remains the very best live performance of all that I've ever seen in 30 years of live music attendences. Another great album, along with "Dream Cafe" & "Further In" to make love to - something I found not possible with "Poet Game" and "Slant 6 Mind" I would not hesitate to recommend this album to anyone who loves fabulous, intelligent music."
Remarkable, Sparse, and True
Jon Glaudemans | Bethesda, MD USA | 12/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Musically, the album presents a glittering and simple combination of aggressive, bass-centered, muffled acoustic guitar strumming coupled with delicate and pure electric accents. Lyrically, the songs represent the distilled ruminations of a mature artist struggling with marriage, temptation, legacy, and memory. Gone are the tongue-in-cheek throw-offs, the extended lyrical soliloquies, and the rich arrangements of, variously, his previous efforts. What's left is a remarkable collection of sparse songs that pinpoint the struggles of a man seeking to make sense of the oft-conflicting demands of parenthood, marriage-hood, manhood, and adult-child-hood, with music that is at once evocative and tense. In my humble opinion, his most accomplished, cohesive, and penetrating work yet."
Someone to get excited about
In Search of Melody Wit & Wisdom | Modesto, CA USA | 10/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Not long ago I was feeling pretty sorry for myself and telling my son how I wish I had a new singer to get excited about. I needed a new voice, someone with a new slant on the world. Then I heard Greg Brown sing 'Cept You and Me Babe on [the] radio ( if you haven't heard the "Pig" ...) and I knew he was just what I needed! I bought COVENANT and it has been my constant companion since the day it arrived.You can read all the reviews but Brown is part Dylan part Leonard Cohen with a dash of John Stewart and Dave Mallett thrown in for good measure. If you're in the kind of musical funk I was in and need someone to get excited about Greg Brown's your man."