Friday, 17 July 2009
Forgotten Album Friday #5 - Mark Olson, The Salvation Blues
Back after a little bit of a Boss enforced hiatus the Forgotten Album Friday is back and this time with another recent release which seemed to slip under most peoples radar.
A magnificent solo album from former Jayhawk Mark Olson, The Salvation Blues is a superb return to the style of music perfected with the band. The album is very personal following the break up of his marriage and loss of his home and is easily the best work Mark Olson has done since he was with the Jayhawks. This record shows the heartbreak he has recently encountered, but all the time there is a message behind the music, that there is something better coming along and he is ready for whatever that is. Through the heartbreak this is hope, and well, salvation.
On 3 tracks his former partner Gary Louris offers up great vocal harmonies including Poor Michael's Boat, one of the album's standout tracks and a track . The duo record came out the following year and these tracks were very much a taste of what was to come.
Highly recommended for anyone who loves singer-songwriter, from the heart and for all Jayhawks fans.
Poor Michael's Boat.