Picks and Pans Review: Hollywood Town Hall

updated 12/07/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/07/1992 01:00AM

The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks seem to suffer from geographical confusion. Their music conjures not the snowdrifts of their native Minneapolis but a warm breeze somewhere below the Mason-Dixon line. Hollywood Town Hall. their first record with a major label, is a collection of leisurely, introspective country-rock tunes, a good number of which are flat-out winners. Their sound is unabashedly derivative—a classic blend of gritty, bluesy guitars, soulful organ and elegiac vocal harmonics. Neil Young fans—and there seems to be more of them turning up every day—will fall at their feet.

In keeping with their identification with the South, this foursome never seems to be in a hurry, and that applies to more than their riverboat tempos. Though they emerged in the mid-'80s, they're just beginning to reach a wider audience. But since the group has never been wedded to any urgent trend. now is as good a time as any. (Def American)"

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