Temporary Road

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Temporary Road
John Gorka-Temporary Road.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDec 8, 1992
Genrefolk, singer-songwriter
LabelHigh Street
ProducerSteven Miller and Dawn Atkinson
John Gorka chronology
Jack's Crows
Temporary Road
Out of the Valley
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Temporary Road is the fourth album by folk singer-songwriter John Gorka. In 1992 there was some critical consensus that Gorka was one of the leading male voices of the "new folk" movement.[1] As titles like "Looking Forward" and "Gravyland" might imply, the album has an overall optimistic tone. High Street Records produced videos for the upbeat "When She Kisses Me" and "I Don't Feel Like a Train", both of which received some airplay on CMT.

Despite the upbeat tone of many tracks the album also contains some darker political commentary. The title track, and "The Gypsy" life offer reflections on the first Gulf War. "Can You Understand My Joy?" is asked in an ironic, sarcastic way. The mix of moods in Gorka's songs helped earn him the description of "the dark optimist."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Gorka

  1. "Looking Forward" – 4:03
  2. "Baby Blues" – 3:40
  3. "The Gypsy Life" – 4;23
  4. "Vinnie Charles Is Free" – 4:27
  5. "Gravyland" – 3:38
  6. "Temporary Road" – 3:30
  7. "All That Hammering" – 3:21
  8. "I Don't Feel Like A Train" – 3:06
  9. "When She Kisses Me" – 2:44
  10. "Grand Larceny" – 3:24
  11. "If I Could Forget To Breathe" – 2:28
  12. "Can You Understand My Joy" – 3:17
  13. "Brown Shirts" - 3:52


Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roch Parisien, "Review: Temporary Road", Allmusic, accessed August 5, 2008
  2. ^ Anil Prasad, "John Gorka: The Dark Optimist", Interviews, January 19, 1992