Friday, July 29, 2011

Music from the Big Pink

At first blush, the group seemed to affect the sound of a loose jam session, alternating emphasis on different instruments, while the lead and harmony vocals passed back and forth as if the singers were making up their blend on the spot. In retrospect, especially as the lyrics sank in, the arrangements seemed far more considered and crafted to support a group of songs that took family, faith, and rural life as their subjects and proceeded to imbue their values with uncertainty. The album and the group made their own impact, influencing a movement toward roots styles and country elements in rock making it's mark in rock and roll.

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