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American Myth (2006)

Artist: Jackie Greene
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Format: CD
Sku: 202235700
UPC: 602498790861
UPC 14: 00602498790861
Release Date: 3/14/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. (Intro) ~ Jackie Greene
2. Hollywood ~ Jackie Greene
3. So Hard To Find My Way ~ Jackie Greene
4. Just As Well ~ Jackie Greene
5. Cold Black Devil / 14 Miles ~ Jackie Greene
6. Never Satisfied (Revisited) ~ Jackie Greene
7. Love Song, 2:00 AM ~ Jackie Greene
8. When You're Walking Away ~ Jackie Greene
9. I'm So Gone ~ Jackie Greene
10. Closer To You ~ Jackie Greene
11. I'll Let You In ~ Jackie Greene
12. Farewell, So Long, Goodbye ~ Jackie Greene
13. Supersede ~ Jackie Greene
14. Marigold ~ Jackie Greene

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Jackie Greene (vocals, guitar, dobro, harmonica, piano, organ); Val McCallum (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, banjo); Davey Faragher (vocals, bass guitar); Pete Thomas (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote American Myth is singer/songwriter Jackie Greene's true debut for the Verve Forecast label. Sweet Somewhere Bound, issued in 2005, was actually recorded for the Dig Music label (where his previous albums appeared) in 2004 and licensed by Universal. American Myth is a much more complex affair than anything he's done previously. The list of players is impressive: from Davey Faragher and Peter Thomas to Greg Leisz and Steve Berlin (who did a fine job producing this set), to name a few. This is the collection that should finally dispel those pesky Bob Dylan comparisons. Greene has grown into his American roots style honestly -- by becoming a better musician. And while there are those fans who would claim that his lyrics may have suffered, his craft as a songwriter has improved immeasurably. "Hollywood" will be the novelty single because of its swaggeringly infectious blues hook, but "So Hard to Find My Way," with its shimmering B3, horns creating a loose, good-time groove underscored by a warm bass line, a strolling banjo, Greene's dobro, and his deft lyrical imagery, all of which make for a better tune. His changeup is fine, too, as evidenced by "Just as Well," which comes immediately after with its introspective acoustic guitar and the dobro and hand percussion intro. This is the kind of summery sidewalk tune that the guys in Sugar Ray would have killed to have written. The accordion fills and Greene's voice, which is so utterly cool and in the pocket, captures and captivates the listener. "Love Song 2 A.M." is beautifully evocative without being drenched in sentimentality. "I'm So Gone," is a snaky, hoodoo, traveling song that reflects in full-band form what Greene does in his solo live shows to stunning effect. The guitars by Greene and Val McCallum have teeth. The open-country feel of "When You're Walking Away" (especially with Leisz's lap steel) is offset by its heartbreaking lyrics. The R&B/soul drench in "Closer to You," struts in a barroom-sexy way, which is really interesting when it's bookended on one side by the hard-wired blues of "Cold Black Devil/14 Miles," and the pure acoustic, drifting love poetry of "I'll Let You In" on the other. What it adds up to is that Greene can write any damned thing he wants to and has the heart to pull it all off. Indeed he may be losing the street cred part of the "wandering troubadour" stereotype on American Myth, but as he's shedding that skin he's becoming something more mercurial: a deft, hard-to-pigeonhole American songwriter. Greene is doing this musical vocation thing the right way; he's growing and maturing as he goes, becoming more precise and developing a bigger channel for his muse to sing through. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Steve Berlin

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/14/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9879086
Music Label Name Label : Verve
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498790861

Professional Reviews

Uncut (p.112)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[D]elving deep into electric blues, bittersweet balladry and Stonesy rock'n'roll. It's an enjoyable, freewheeling ride..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Greene,Jackie
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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