"While I enjoy all of John Gorka's music to some extent, this is the CD of his music I would take with me "on that theoretical desert island." Being from Pennsylvania and highly familiar with the Allentown/Bethlehem area, I can identify with the images Gorka descriptively depicts in his epic "Where The Bottles Break" (my all-time favorite Gorka song). Also, the transformation of scenic farmland in recent years to drab commercial properties in the haunting "Houses In The Fields" and the Avis complex of New Jerseyites in the humorous "I'm From Jersey." The upbeat, uptempo "Good" and the anguish-filled romp "Treasure Island don't deal with such real "characters" but are just as good. If you aren't familiar with Gorka's work (and you need to be, given that he is modern folk's finest male artist), this is a good place to start. I"
A wonderful and haunting overview of life in america
mcgavin | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | 05/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd I first heard in 1991 when it was released Houses in the fields struck me as I travelled between Saskatchewan and alberta frequently and noted all the abandoned and for sale farms. The ballad of Jamie B is for me the gem on this cd It details the loss of love and where the characters in the song end up.It is as poingnant and honest a song I've ever heard about splitting up and moving on with life. Every song on this cd is exceptional and the accoutic guitar on most songs is subtle and somehow overpowering. I only wish I could write what I feel as vibrantly and eloquently as John Gorka. Although I have heard this music classed as country, it is much closer to folk and would delight anyone with a passion for strong lyrics and well thought music Bravo John Gorka"
One of my favorite CDs of all times
Neurad1 | Indian Springs, AL USA | 03/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Gorka weaves poetry with his lean gorgeous music. I own many of his works, but this is my favorite. This is a one of those rare CDs which affects the listener on a deeper level than mere entertainment...it moves you....creates its own atmosphere, writes itself on your heart. If you buying a Gorka CD, start here."
Poetry in Baritone
Neurad1 | 07/14/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"John Gorka's smooth baritone is easy to listen to but what impressed me about his songs are his lyrics. These songs are truly poetry set to music rather than the more usual "write a catchy tune then find some words that rhyme to go with it." "Night is a Woman" (my favorite) is a beautiful ballad. " I'm From New Jersey" shows Gorka's whimsy. "Semper Fi" is a moving tribute to his father. I highly recommend this album."