10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s impossible for schooled listeners to not hear the bucolic beauty of the late Tim Buckley’s finest work in the music of midwestern troubadour Ryley Walker. Elements of Buckley’s Happy/ Sad, Blue Afternoon and Starsailor can be heard in the wild improvisations of “Same Minds” where stand-up bass, vibraphone and acoustic-electric guitars coalesce with drummer Frank Rosaly’s raucous groove. These jazz elements yield a restless wanderlust that evokes the best of Van Morrison, John Martyn and Terry Reid (River-era). Walker’s skilled fingerpicking empowers “Griffiths Bucks Blues” and “Sweet Satisfaction.” First-rate work throughout.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s impossible for schooled listeners to not hear the bucolic beauty of the late Tim Buckley’s finest work in the music of midwestern troubadour Ryley Walker. Elements of Buckley’s Happy/ Sad, Blue Afternoon and Starsailor can be heard in the wild improvisations of “Same Minds” where stand-up bass, vibraphone and acoustic-electric guitars coalesce with drummer Frank Rosaly’s raucous groove. These jazz elements yield a restless wanderlust that evokes the best of Van Morrison, John Martyn and Terry Reid (River-era). Walker’s skilled fingerpicking empowers “Griffiths Bucks Blues” and “Sweet Satisfaction.” First-rate work throughout.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Firefly1967 ,

Musical Poetry

Feeling like he's performing a private show for close friends at some small coffee shop in Greenwich Village circa late 60s or early 70s, Ryley Walker's album is intimate, raw and hypnotically compelling - with a throw-back quality that is comforting and familiar - yet utterly fresh at the same time. The perfect music to accompany you on a long summer road trip driving through the countryside, by the campfire, or even late at night drifting down the empty streets as the city sleeps and a light fog envelopes the landscape. Timeless, romantic, vulnerable and provocative in almost a Nick Drake sort of way. So much is conjured up with his music. Highly recommended if you're looking for something a little different from today's "me to" fare.

rick 0318 ,

Love him, and found him by accident!

The greatest thing “iTunes” can do is to give a free taste of an artist, so that buyers can be exposed to wonderful artists like this. What a wonderful, free-sounding voice, and wonderful recording, that reminds me of John Martyn, Nick Drake, and other wonderful artists. He’s becoming my favorite artist, amongst a sea of many. ...

TW.Orange ,

Brilliant, reminiscent and highly listenable

Backed by an ace young Chicago jazz band, folky mid-Westerner Walker cranked out this wonderful musical gem that’s sometimes reminiscent of early 1970s Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. The CD cover is even reminiscent of Van Morrison’s classic 1968 “Astral Weeks” album cover. In my opinion, its one of the year's best.

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