Jesse Harris: Watching the Sky (Inertia)

 |   |  <1 min read

Jesse Harris: Looking Back
Jesse Harris: Watching the Sky (Inertia)

The news that Norah Jones has co-written a song with with Ryan Adams for her forthcoming album The Fall (due in November) is interesting: will he move in her direction or she to him? And which her, or which him?

Many of the other tracks are Jones' own work (no bad thing) or with longtime partner Jesse Harris who here delivers up a polished, almost easy listening line of melancholy melodies which locates itself somewhere between alt.country-lite, post-folk and sensitive singer-songwriter.

Lighly propelled by vibes, banjo, acoustic guitar, horns and organ, this is undeniably polite and has hints of solo Paul Simon at his most deft (around the Still Crazy period) but in a world full of writer/singers who strive for attention this one seems to have been Teflon-coated.

I'm filing this alongside that other nice Harris album I never listen to. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)

Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)

The captivatingly named rock troubadour Vile from Philadelphia offers a kind of alt.folk-cum-indie rock skew which refers to Cohen as much as Cobain. But he also has an ear for a mainstream... > Read more

Hobotalk: Homesick for Nowhere (Yellow Eye)

Hobotalk: Homesick for Nowhere (Yellow Eye)

The Scottish singer-songwriter Marc Pilley who is the hub of Hobotalk has a gentle way with his music: nothing feels forced or false, and the augmentation of his simple tunes by mandolin, violin,... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash at San Quentin (Sony Legacy)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash at San Quentin (Sony Legacy)

The reputation of the late Johnny Cash is supported by such strong poles that even his worst moments cannot shake his legacy. Those hefty props include his early Sun sessions, his themed... > Read more

GUEST COMMENTATOR SIMON GRIGG on New Zealand's patchy history of political songs

GUEST COMMENTATOR SIMON GRIGG on New Zealand's patchy history of political songs

The story of political song in New Zealand is a mixed one. It goes from almost nothing to a flood to a trickle. For much of the history of popular song in New Zealand we simply did not make... > Read more