Mason Jennings – Blood of Man

January 01, 1970



You’ve heard this story before: a folk singer from Minnesota
goes electric. Over the years Mason Jennings certainly has mastered his droning
Dylanesque intonations (Listen to his take on “Hattie Carroll” from the I’m Not There soundtrack for absolute
proof.) and poetically complex musings on life, death, and love. He still uses
them here-most poignantly on the bone-chilling anti-war song “The Field” and
the haunting tale of loss “Black Wind Blowing.”


But on Blood of Man Jennings also takes an opportunity to tone down the verbosity, dabble in some
studio experimentation, and, at times, just plain rock. Fortunately his fans
have no reason to cry “Judas!” The sonic somersault helps extract some of
Jennings’ genuine emotion, and to longtime listeners that will be obvious.
“Ain’t No Friend of Mine” is raucous new school industrial blues that would
sound right at home on a Black Keys’ record, while “City of Ghosts” meshes
simple garage chords with soaring reverb-drenched vocals. “Sing Out” then
features some mellow falsetto floating above some steady cosmic keyboards. This
may not be the most thought-provoking album Jennings ever produces, but so far
it’s the most enjoyable to listen to from start to finish.


Standout Tracks: “The Field,” “Ain’t No Friend of Mine” JEDD FERRIS




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