Dirty Linen - p.72
"It's a seductive pull into darkness, highlighted by Margo Timmins' Julie London-meets-BLUE VELVET vocals."
No Depression - p.79
"The points of tension provide contrast to the tender moments, resulting in a record that ultimately feels, as its title suggests, like a full and fated journey."
Cowboy Junkies: Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins, Alan Anton, Peter Timmins.
A heart tied in the middle of a piece of rope is the simple, arresting cover image for the Cowboy Junkies' AT THE END OF PATHS TAKEN, a perfect visual metaphor for this quasi-concept album about the ties that bind. Family relationships are at the heart of Michael Timmins's lyrics on this album, and their delivery by his sister, Margo Timmins, the Cowboy Junkies's always alluring vocalist, in her trademark half-audible murmur, adds an extra spin to the words on songs like "Cutting Board Blues" and "Brand New World." The band's familiar blend of Neil Young-style singer-songwriter rock, country twang and dark, Velvets-like minimalism is unchanged, although unexpected additions like a children's choir on the closing "My Only Guarantee" add intriguing new wrinkles to the album's sound.