Ready For The Flood - Mark Olson & Gary Louris
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  • Summary: The ex-Jayhawks team up again as a duo on their first album together in over ten years.
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  1. Nothing's as timeless as "Blue" or "Waiting for the Sun," but the thrill here is all about those two lonely voices that find each other, in this future of theirs, caught up in that rush of harmony.
  2. Although it's produced by Black Crowes bro Chris Robinson, the first studio collaboration in 15 years from the former singer-songwriter team behind the classic Jayhawks lineup is a much more subdued, acoustic affair than the plugged-in alt-country of their former band.
  3. The production of Black Crowe Chris Robinson lends grit, but is never intrusive, letting the scruffy melodies and jigsaw-puzzle interlocking of these stellar voices do the heavy lifting.
  4. 60
    While the rock workouts never transcend their bar-band tropes, on the ballads ("Turn Your Pretty Name Around," "Black Eyes"), Olson & Louris evince real sorrow and regret with little more than a carefully picked acoustic guitar and ghostly organ tracing the tracks of their tears.
  5. The fact they fit so well says a lot about this music, and while there are moments of genuine beauty and grace, this is a far cry from what these men achieved in their prime.
  6. Mark Olson and Gary Louris' new disc may not be the Jayhawks reunion some fans hoped for, but it's a respectable set of mostly acoustic folk songs sweetened by the duo's bright, sibling-like harmonies.
  7. Production by the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson is unobtrusive to the point of being almost nonexistent, but peeking in on two guys sitting around Joshua Tree with a couple of guitars should be a little more engaging.

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