Tuesday, November 24, 2009

David Rawlings Machine - A Friend of a Friend

So anyway, the David Rawlings Machine’s first record is now out, and it’s quite good. Excellent, even, at times. It’s not a huge shift away from a Gillian Welch album, as she’s here as well, except the two have switched places.

The song below isn’t on it, but it’s one I like a lot, and there weren’t any videos up from the Machine album yet, so it’ll have to do.

The new album is called, A Friend of a Friend. Available in all the usual places. Highly recommended.

The Way it Would Be
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings


At 11/24/2009 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. I am not wild about it, JG. Really not. Not yet, anyway (you know how that goes). So far, I only like the three covers. I have the Cortez cover up on my blog here if anyone wants to hear:


At 11/24/2009 4:53 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Well, I can see that this one might be a bit off for some. It doesn't feel like a unified album. It feels more like a compilation or something. A sort of dissertation on Americana . . . But it's not studied, it feels both smart and effortless, produced with that messiness that I really like, especially when a whole band gets lumbering. It feels live.

I think this one is a grower. ... Read More

I can feel Bob Dylan just salivating over it, especially "Bells of Harlem." A sort of "It's a Wonderful World" . . . I really think, at several times while listening to it, that A Friend of a Friend is what Dylan's Together Through Life should have been.

At 12/19/2009 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love opinions. Because in the end it doesn't really mean a damn thing. But I just love how people have a pre-conceived notion on how a record should be based on the people they play with and then get disappointed that it's not the same. Not wild about it...classic. People, if you like this kind of music this is the closest thing we're ever going to get to classic songwriting in our generation. I'm almost 40 and I've not been that excited about that many records that come out, but this one has songs that already classic to me. Especially the sounds of "Ruby", "Hear It All", "Sweet Tooth" and "Bells of Harlem." Yeah, it sounds like Dylan to me as well John, which is good right? It's just a shame that some reviews are "I like the covers." Tell me when you last heard a song like "Sweet Tooth?" 50's? 60's? Let the songs have a chance with you. It's just not Gillian singing them...I think people think too much about it and not let it have an instant recognition. That's sad about today's records. It's people that want instant gratification when our attention spans are so short these days it makes it hard for people to "love" something the second they hear it. Give it a chance and listen to the songs and what he's saying. I'm a musician so I guess when I read things like this it's just more dear and close. No offense to anyone. Like I said, it's just our opinions.

At 1/08/2010 9:41 PM, Anonymous theumpteenthtimes said...

NO SERIOUSLY: The Dave Rawlings Machine (w/Gillian Welch), Live at The Parish, 12/14


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