Glenn Jones - My Garden State (2013)

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Glenn Jones - My Garden State (2013)

Glenn Jones - My Garden State
Acoustic, Folk | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 41:31 min | 102 MB
Label: Thrill Jockey | Tracks: 10 | 2013-05-14

Glenn Jones is a unique voice working in the decades-long tradition of American Primitivism. What sets him apart from the many devotees to this style is the combination of expressive playing and technical skill, most significantly his inventive use of alternate tunings and partial capos. As anyone knows who has seen him perform, Glenn is a remarkable storyteller, and his songs reflect that talent. The songs on Glenns latest, My Garden State, are evocative and redolent, and serve as a testament to Glenns talent for conveying a wide array of emotions, many times in one song, without saying a word.

My Garden State was written in the New Jersey home where Glenns family moved in 1966, while he was caring for his mother who suffers from Alzheimers. The songs and sounds on the album are reflective, but never dour or sad. My Garden State was recorded by Laura Baird in Allentown, NJ. Laura joins Glenn on the first proper song, Across the Tappan Zee on banjo, interweaving her plaintive melodies with Glenns gentle picking. Lauras sister Meg, who was a founding member of Espers and plays with Laura as The Baird Sisters, also joins in on the final minutes of Going Back to East Montgomery, an eight minute long composition that showcases Glenns ability to craft a long form piece that is at once expansive and immediate.

The two tracks that form the centerpiece of the album, The Vernal Pool and Alcoeur Gardens were composed spontaneously in the studio, a technique Glenn developed on tour with Damo Suzuki with his former band Cul de Sac. Where The Vernal Pool is exuberant, Alcouer Gardens is sparse and quiet, with field recordings of rain and thunder providing a bed for Glenn s guitar, emphasizing the space between the notes as much as the notes themselves. The songs on My Garden State could have been written by no one except Glenn Jones, brimming with joy, sorrow, and the complex in-between that makes life worth living.

1. Chimes
2. Across the Tappan Zee
3. Going Back to East Montgomery
4. Blues for Tom Carter
5. The Vernal Pool
6. Alcouer Gardens
7. My Garden State
8. Like a Sick Eagle Looking at the Sky
9. Bergen County Farewell
10. Chimes II