Sound of Lies

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Sound of Lies
Studio album by Jayhawks
Released April 22, 1997
Genre Alt-Rock, Alt-Country
Length 55:44
Label American
Producer Brian Paulson, The Jayhawks
Jayhawks chronology
Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995) Sound of Lies (1997) Smile
(2000)

Sound of Lies is a 1997 album released by Minneapolis music group Jayhawks. It peaked at #112 on the Billboard 200.

With the departure of Mark Olson, Gary Louris becomes the principal songwriter for Sound of Lies with an occasional co-write with bassist Marc Perlman. New drummer Tim O'Reagan also contributes "Bottomless Cup".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau Rating-Christgau-dud.png [2]
Crawdaddy (favorable) [3]
Entertainment Weekly B− [4]

In his review for Allmusic, critic Thom Owen praised the album and wrote " The lyrics have a naked, emotional honesty which would have been more affecting if the music echoed its sentiment, yet the record still has a subtle grace and power, proving that the Jayhawks remain a distinctive band without Olson."[1] Music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a 'bomb' rating[2] while David Browne of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a 'B-' rating and contrasted the Jayhawks with Uncle Tupelo. He wrote the album "is caught between two worlds — it's a little bit wimpy country, a little bit wimpy rock & roll — and ends up lacking the power of either."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Gary Louris unless otherwise noted.

  1. "The Man Who Loved Life" – 5:00
  2. "Think About It" (Louris, Perlman) – 5:37
  3. "Trouble" (Louris, Perlman) – 4:50
  4. "It's Up to You" – 3:38
  5. "Stick in the Mud" – 3:34
  6. "Big Star" – 4:25
  7. "Poor Little Fish" – 3:56
  8. "Sixteen Down" – 5:23
  9. "Haywire" – 5:21
  10. "Dying on the Vine" (Louris, Perlman) – 5:52
  11. "Bottomless Cup" (Tim O'Reagan) – 4:14
  12. "Sound of Lies" – 3:56
  13. "I Hear You Cry" – 3:48 (Perlman) [Bonus track on European CD]

2014 expanded reissue track listing[edit]

All songs by Gary Louris unless otherwise noted.

  1. "The Man Who Loved Life" – 5:00
  2. "Think About It" (Louris, Perlman) – 5:37
  3. "Trouble" (Louris, Perlman) – 4:50
  4. "It's Up to You" – 3:38
  5. "Stick in the Mud" – 3:34
  6. "Big Star" – 4:25
  7. "Poor Little Fish" – 3:56
  8. "Sixteen Down" – 5:23
  9. "Haywire" – 5:21
  10. "Dying on the Vine" (Louris, Perlman) – 5:52
  11. "Bottomless Cup" (Tim O'Reagan) – 4:14
  12. "Sound of Lies" – 3:56
  13. "I Hear You Cry" - 3:48 (Perlman) (bonus track on European version)
  14. "Sleepyhead" - 3:29 (b-side "Big Star" single)
  15. "Kirby's Tune" - 5:34 (Johnson, Louris, Perlman, Grotberg, O'Reagan) (studio outtake - previously unreleased)
  16. "It's Up to You" - 3:37 (alternate version - previously unreleased)
  17. "Sound of Lies" - 4:24 (rough mix - previously unreleased)

Personnel[edit]

  • Gary Louris – guitar, vocals
  • Marc Perlman – bass, guitar, vocals
  • Karen Grotberg – organ, piano, keyboards, Wurlitzer, vocals
  • Tim O'Reagan – drums, vocals
  • Kraig Johnson – guitar, E-Bow
  • Jessy Greene – violin, viola, cello

Additional musicians:

Production notes[edit]

  • Brian Paulson – producer, mixing
  • George Drakoulias – mixing
  • Mark Haines – engineer
  • Victor Janacua – engineer
  • Brian Jenkins – engineer
  • Jim Scott – mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Allen Sanderson – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Mike Scotella – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Joe Zook – assistant engineer
  • Dan Corrigan – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Owens, Thom. "Sound of Lies > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Sound of Lies > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Westhoff, Ben (July 2008). "Sound of Lies > Review". Crawdaddy. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Browne, David (February 1995). "Sound of Lies > Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 

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