The Walking

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The Walking
The Walking (Jane Siberry album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Jane Siberry
Released 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Alternative rock,[1] ambient pop, art rock, experimental
Length 57:44
Label Duke Street Records/Reprise Records
Producer Jane Siberry and John Switzer
Jane Siberry chronology
The Speckless Sky
(1985)
The Walking
(1988)
Bound by the Beauty
(1989)

The Walking is an avant-garde music/experimental film score studio album by Jane Siberry. The album was released on Reprise Records internationally, but remained on the independent label Duke Street Records in Canada. It is an excellent example of music that, on release, was panned by critics and largely spurned by the market,[citation needed] only to become a museum-quality art that has stood the test of time.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The album was initially poorly received by critics.[citation needed] It largely turned its back on the quirky new wave pop that Siberry had been known for; in its place was a surreal amalgam of progressive rock and Laurie Anderson-style performance art narratives, only one of which was shorter than six minutes.

Toronto progressive radio station CFNY, an early champion of Siberry's music, announced that it did not view any track on The Walking as viable for airplay on their station.[citation needed] Sales of the album were slow at first, although they improved when Siberry provided radio stations with a shorter edit of "Ingrid and the Footman".[citation needed]

With the benefit of passing time, the Allmusic review by Sean Carruthers does a little bit of belated justice to the caliber of composition and performance of this recording: "It's her most accomplished work to date, but it's bound to lose the casual listener quickly."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Jane Siberry.

  1. "The White Tent the Raft" – 9:12
  2. "Red High Heels" – 7:19
  3. "Goodbye" – 4:17
  4. "Ingrid and the Footman" – 7:06
  5. "Lena is a White Table" – 6:41
  6. "The Walking (and Constantly)" – 6:16
  7. "The Lobby" – 6:19
  8. "The Bird in the Gravel" – 10:34

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak position Weeks on the chart
1987 RPM Top 100 Albums 76[3] 13

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