With Cowboy Junkies’ new album, All That Reckoning, the band once again gently shakes the listener to wake up. Whether commen ng on the fragile state of the world or on personal rela onships, this new collec on of songs encourages the listener to take no ce. It also may be the most powerful album Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded.
While the music is characteris cally easy to listen to, the songs on “All That Reckoning” are visceral. In true Junkies fashion, the gentleness is juxtaposed with rock that can be jarring.
“It’s a deeper and a more complete record than we’ve ever done before,” says Michael. “We’ve always tried to make records that are relevant to who we are as people… These songs are about reckoning on a personal level and reckoning on a poli cal level. So much is going on around us right now and nobody knows where it’s going to end up.”
Anyone who has been following their three decade-long journey knows the band has always traveled on its own path. From the auspicious debut of Whites O Earth Now and the subsequent interna onal breakthrough with The Trinity Session, to the group’s Nomad Series of themed albums (2010-2012), Cowboy Junkies have never let music business trends dictate where the band was headed.
Unlike most long-las ng groups they have never had a break up or taken a sanity-saving hiatus. There’s an apprecia on of each other that keeps them constantly working. “It’s that in macy and understanding of what each one of us brings to the table,” says Michael. “Even if the world doesn’t know it, we do.”
Cowboy Junkies are not following anyone else’s guidebook. It’s advice Margo gave to her 15-year-old son, who is an aspiring musician in his own band. “He asked me, ‘How do you come up with the next ‘latest thing’? I told him, ‘Don’t try. It’s your music. … Just love what you’re doing and do it your own way.”
“Cowboy Junkies are at the top of their game and the songwri ng is stronger than ever. Margo’s voice shimmers with darkly hued luster and strength. The album feeds the soul lyrically and musically, and raises your senses.” – Staccato (9.4/10)
All That Reckoning (Part 1) / When We Arrive / The Things We Do To Each Other / Wooden Stairs / Sing Me A Song / Mountain Stream / Missing Children / Shining Teeth / Nose Before Ear / All That Reckoning (Part 2) / The Possessed
Proper Records PRPLP149