Picks and Pans Review: Tomorrow the Green Grass

updated 04/03/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/03/1995 01:00AM

The Jayhawks

The only person who won't like this album is the poor record-store clerk who has to decide which section to put it in. One moment this is a country record with a gentle, jangling song like "Blue." Then it's a disc in the style of Gram Parsons or Tom Petty with folk-rock tunes like "I'd Run Away" and "Miss Williams' Guitar," a tribute to lead singer Mark Olson's wife and fellow singer Victoria Williams, who sings backup on two other songs. And at other times, it's a relentlessly catchy pop disc with bouncy songs like the cover of Grand Funk's "Bad Time." No matter whether they're doing a country tune or a mournful ballad like "Two Hearts," the Jayhawks exude a comfortable, folksy feeling, and each number flows nicely into the next. Though the musical styles here are different, in the end they mesh, making Tomorrow the Green Grass a very consistent—and charismatic—disc. (American Recordings)

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