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Joy Kills Sorrow

by Joy Kills Sorrow

Modern Stringband Music/Roots Bluegrass
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fall On My Knees
4:05 $0.99
2. I Still Miss Someone
3:53 $0.99
3. You Made It Easy
3:03 $0.99
4. Louise
3:58 $0.99
5. Land of Lost Grasses
4:20 $0.99
6. My Jury's Still Out On You
2:55 $0.99
7. Liza Jane
3:48 $0.99
8. Weary Blues From Waitin'
4:05 $0.99
9. 1216 Two Step
2:06 $0.99
10. Train On the Island
4:21 $0.99
11. Spring
3:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is the eponymous debut album of Boston acoustic band Joy Kills Sorrow. A good piece of history for anyone who is a fan of the current Joy Kills Sorrow line-up or of Heather Masse (The Wailin’ Jennys)or of Joe Walsh (The Gibson Brothers) both of whom are featured on the album. More importantly though, it is altogether a good album of songs!

Stylistically, it is markedly different from the current incarnation of Joy Kills Sorrow, focusing more on traditional material and the particular strengths of the band members at the time. Masse’s vocals really shine, and her improvisational talents have room to soar over the subtle textures the instrumentalists create. Subtlety is the name of the game here and Walsh’s delicate mandolin combines beautifully with Adam Larrabee’s inventive and conservatory-informed banjo playing, as well as Matt Arcara’s guitar picking, which is remarkably restrained for a man who won the national flat picking championships in the same year this album was recorded. Bridget Kearney adds some umph on the upright bass and the whole band comes together as an ensemble showing great vision, promise and taste.



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Very Enjoyable CD
I'm greatly enjoying this cd. I bought it primarily because I love Heather Masse's voice. For those who don't know, she's been a member of the Wailin' Jennys for about 3 years now, used to be a member of The Wayfaring Strangers, and is currently a member of at least 2 other groups besides the Jennys. I'm not especially a fan of bluegrass instrumentals, but I find that I'm enjoying hearing the extended instrumental intervals and even the two purely instrumental cuts. There's plenty of variation in tempo and style. The cd includes several songs that were unfamiliar to me, two of which were penned by members of JKS. The only song that I've not been able to get into is "Louise" and that might be because I can't make out all the lyrics. Otherwise, the cd is terrific. Masse's voice is as beautiful as ever and, as others have observed, the instrumentals are "tight".


slick and fantastic.
I have been waiting for an album from this group for about six months. Now there's one. On paper, they might seem very similar to Crooked Still, but their sound is surprisingly different. Listening to this album is like swinging with a smooth contra-dancer, or drinking lemonade in a hammock in the shade. Not too short, not too long, leaves you content yet wanting more.


AWESOME! CD is as good as the live performance
I loved the whole CD - great vocals and the pickin' is super. I saw them live at Cantab Lounge in Cambridge and I've been anxiously awaiting their CD, and I was not disappointed!


I can't wait to soak in all the subtleties
Amoungst my favorite things currently to do is to think about how over the next several months I'll be absorbing into my core all the notes, licks, vocals, instruments and passions on this album. I'm extremely pleased to bring this CD to Texas and hope that J.K.S. tours stretch toward the Southwest. As pleased as I am with the music, the album is a little muted in its crispness and clarity.

Beth Berman

Joy Kills Sorrow
Traveled the hwys listening to this...didn't even mind the Seattle tight. The instrumentals are some of the best bluegrass I've heard for years!!


Can I have some more please?
I really enjoyed this CD. The musicianship and recording is crisp, tight and incredibly well joined together. Anxiously awaiting more from this group.

Richard Grant

Love the sound, the vocals, the guitar. Very sweet

Michael Cochran

I don't know, but whatever they are they sound really good. I guess if you enjoy Nickel Creek this should be right up your alley.

Glen Nelson

Best Progressive Pop Bluegrass Group Ever
If you like the modern sound of Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss, you will adore this Boston-based acoustic string band, Joy Kills Sorrow. These five master musicians fearlessly stretch the boundaries of contemprary bluegrass instruments and arrangements. In one record, they take you to the edges of acoustic pop and soulful jazz feels, to wherever else the spirit moves them. In short, a band that begs the question, "Why aren't these guys FAMOUS?"


That girl can sing!!!
I first heard them on Mandolin Café. Had to have the CD every song is a classic!
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