Review of The Jayhawks – Rainy Day Music (Expanded Edition) (Universal Music Canada)

JayhawksThe third and final title in The Jayhawks recent reissues campaign, 2003’s Rainy Day Music saw the band essentially come full circle. After having pursued a distinctly more pop sound on their excellent 2000 release Smile, The Jayhawks retreated to the familiar roots/folk/alt.country territory that they had built their name on, best exemplified on “Stumbling Through The Dark” and “Save It For A Rainy Day.” A collection of previously unreleased demo tracks is included in the bonus material, as is a live version of their song “In The Canyon.” Rainy Day Music proved a fitting closure to an underrated era of one of America’s best bands.