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Recollection Volume 18 – The Salvation Blues

Recollection is a project to review my record collection. I will listen to an album I own and review it. The album will be chosen randomly by computron. Today computron chooses… 

Album: The Salvation Blues
Artist: Mark Olson
Released: 2007
Format(s) I own it on: CD

The Salvation BluesMark Olson’s The Salvation Blues has stumped me. I haven’t written here for a while as life got busy, but also because I don’t know what to write abut this album.

This is the problem with a process that is decided by a random algorithm; I can’t move stuff around to accommodate me.

The Salvation Blues is not a bad record, and it’s not a great record, it’s a middling record. The former-Jayhawk has none of the beautiful harmonies he’s known for. His songs are hesitant and provide no opening for the listener to get into.

The album starts off very jagged. It feels as if the second “My Carol” begins, the first milliseconds of that first note are cut off. It’s jarring, and that feeling continues throughout the record.


“National Express” is as catchy as the record gets, and it’s not that catchy. The chorus is repetitive enough to sing along with it, but… yeah.


As I said before it’s not good or bad. The album is just so middling it’s hard to have any opinion on it.

Men 14.25 (79%) | Women 3.75 (21%)
Canada 5.8 (32%) | USA 8.53 (47%) | UK 3.66 (20%)
Ontario 2 (33%) | Quebec 0 (0%) | Nova Scotia2 (33%) | New Brunswick 1 (16%) | Manitoba 0 (0%) | British Columbia 0 (0%) | Prince Edward Island 0 (0%)
Saskatchewan 0 (0%) | Alberta 0 (0%) | Newfoundland and Labrador 1 (16%) | Northwest Territories 0 (0%) | Yukon 0 (0%) | Nunavut 0 (0%)



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