Sound of Lies

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Sound of Lies
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Studio album by Jayhawks
Released April 22, 1997
Genre Alternative rock, alternative 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 the fifth studio album by American rock band The Jayhawks. It peaked at number 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]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
NME 5/10[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9]
Spin 4/10[10]

Sara Scribner of the Los Angeles Times felt that Sound of Lies was the work of the band "still reaching to discover what it is" in the wake of Mark Olson's departure, though noting that "despite battling emotions, muddled messages and elusive experimentation, this is still a brave album."[4] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly wrote that while "the music can still have a breathtaking, across-the-great-divide sweep", the album as a whole "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."[2] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice assigned it a "dud" rating, indicating "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought."[11][12]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Thom Owen called Sound of Lies "the band's most ambitious album to date" and felt that Louris' 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]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gary Louris, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "The Man Who Loved Life" – 5:00
  2. "Think About It" (Louris, Marc 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
European CD bonus track
  1. "I Hear You Cry" – 3:48 (Perlman)
2014 expanded reissue bonus tracks
  1. "I Hear You Cry" – 3:48 (Perlman)
  2. "Sleepyhead" – 3:29 (b-side "Big Star" single)
  3. "Kirby's Tune" – 5:34 (Kraig Johnson, Louris, Perlman, Karen Grotberg, O'Reagan) (studio outtake – previously unreleased)
  4. "It's Up to You" – 3:37 (alternate version – previously unreleased)
  5. "Sound of Lies" – 4:24 (rough mix – previously unreleased)

Personnel[edit]

The Jayhawks
  • 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
  • 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 – The Jayhawks". AllMusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Browne, David (April 25, 1997). "Sound of Lies". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Cartright, Garth (April 18, 1997). "The Jayhawks: Sound of Lies (American)". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ a b Scribner, Sara (May 10, 1997). "The Jayhawks, 'Sound of Lies,' American Recordings.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ Simmons, Sylvie (September 2014). "The Jayhawks: Sound of Lies". Mojo (250). 
  6. ^ Cigarettes, Johnny (April 19, 1997). "The Jayhawks – Sound Of Lies". NME. Archived from the original on October 2, 2000. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Jayhawks: Sound of Lies". Q (128): 122. May 1997. 
  8. ^ O'Connor, Rob (March 28, 1997). "The Jayhawks: Sound Of Lies". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 26, 2008. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 423–24. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  10. ^ Hunter, James (June 1997). "Son Volt: Straightaways / Jayhawks: Sound of Lies". Spin. 13 (3): 119–20. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 23, 1997). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Key to Icons". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 

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