Review: The Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust (Thirty Tigers)

JayhawksIt’s been a long five years between studio efforts for the highly acclaimed Americana band The Jayhawks. Paging Mr. Proust  – the group’s ninth studio effort, the title of which is a nod to French novelist Marcel Proust – sees the band using all colours of their palette, ranging from the breezy pop of “Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces” and “Leaving The Monsters Behind” to the defiant, raucous guitar rock of “Lost The Summer” and the spacey jam that closes “Ace.” They also stay true to their roots, however, delivering fine doses of roots-rock on “Lies In Black and White” and “The Devil In Her Eyes,” ultimately making Paging Mr. Proust one of their well-rounded efforts to date.