A Rock in the Weary Land

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A Rock in the Weary Land
A Rock In The Weary Land Waterboys Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by The Waterboys
Released 25 September 2000 (2000-09-25)
Recorded 1998–2000
Genre Rock
Label BMG International
Producer Mike Scott
The Waterboys chronology
The Live Adventures of the Waterboys
(1993)
A Rock in the Weary Land
(2000)
Too Close to Heaven
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
NME Favourable link
Q magazine 6/10 link

A Rock in the Weary Land was an album released in 2000 (see 2000 in music) by The Waterboys. It was their first album after a seven-year break. The album cover photography is by Steve Gullick.

Critic John Mulvey, writing for NME, describes the album as "largely excellent" except for "We Are Jonah", which he describes as "appallingly cheery Christian rock".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mike Scott, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Let It Happen" – 6:20
  2. "My Love Is My Rock in the Weary Land" – 8:16
  3. "It's All Gone" – 2:15
  4. "Is She Conscious?" – 4:41
  5. "We Are Jonah" – 5:08
  6. "Malediction" – 4:16
  7. "Dumbing Down the World" – 3:06
  8. "His Word Is Not His Bond" – 3:59
  9. "Night Falls on London" – 0:48
  10. "The Charlatan's Lament" – 6:52
  11. "The Wind in the Wires" – 5:33
  12. "Crown" – 7:04

Extra tracks release[edit]

A North American version of the album with two extra tracks was released August 21, 2001.

  1. "Let It Happen" – 6:20
  2. "The Charlatan's Lament" – 6:52
  3. "Is She Conscious?" – 4:41
  4. "We Are Jonah" – 5:08
  5. "It's All Gone" – 2:15
  6. "My Love Is My Rock in the Weary Land" – 8:16
  7. "Lucky Day/Bad Advice" (Grant, Scott) – 3:06
  8. "His Word Is Not His Bond" – 3:59
  9. "Malediction" – 4:16
  10. "Dumbing Down the World" – 3:06
  11. "The Wind in the Wires" – 5:33
  12. "Night Falls on London" – 0:48
  13. "Crown" – 7:04
  14. "My Lord What a Morning" (Harry Belafonte, Cormun, Okun) – 2:27

Japanese editions[edit]

The standard Japanese release of the album contains the songs "Time, Space and the Bride's Bed", "Trouble Down Yonder" and "Send Him Down to Waco", but not "My Lord What a Morning".

A limited two-disc edition was also issued in Japan by BMG International. The track list of the first disc is identical to the standard track list, above. The track list of the second disc, which is entitled "The Weary Land EP", is as follows:

  1. "Lucky Day/Bad Advice" – 3:14
  2. "Time, Space, and the Bride's Bed" – 5:38
  3. "Trouble Down Yonder" – 1:05
  4. "Send Him Down to Waco" – 7:34

Singles[edit]

Prior to the album's release, BMG issued a six-track EP containing the single "Is She Conscious?". The single also contained a video for the song.

  1. "Is She Conscious?" – 4:51
  2. "Sad Procession" – 7:22
  3. "The Faeries' Prisoner" – 2:10
  4. "Is She Conscious?" (Acoustic) – 4:31
  5. "Savage Earth Heart" (Sound-Desk Recording) – 16:01
  6. "My Lord, What A Morning" – 2:27

BMG also issued and almost immediately recalled two singles each (separately packaged) for "A Rock in the Weary Land" and "We Are Jonah". These are considered collector's items by some Waterboys fans and command high resale prices.

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mulvey, John (2000). "Waterboys:We Are Jonah". NME. Retrieved 2006-03-30. 

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