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Days of the New II (Green)

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  • Now we can see why Travis Meeks needed to do this album alone…The entire album is a concept, a sacred journey. A _Sacred Journey_. The eastern tones and repetitive layers are the clue… these layers are evocative of Indian culture, whose music is replete with such journeys. The richness of the sounds are Meeks’ own… the guitar is his contribution and his voice, consistent throughout. Listen to the entire disc, and pay attention to the shift of lyrics and perspective. The ‘I’ is oftentimes lost when the spiritual realm speaks. Tracks 10 and 11 are the key to the album. They’re a rebirth from the provocation and damage of Tracks 3 and 4 (look at the track titles: “Enemy”, “Weapon”, “Wound”). The real joy is to figure out what the “Wound” truly is. Track 6 is reflective, Track 7 is Universal. Track 13 is upbeat with recovery, and Track 14 is the return of an honest soul. You’ll need to listen with an entirely new set of ears and eyes… the lyrics are such a vital component (probably more than any album I’ve ever heard). This is not a Western album… the melodies of the first album will not be found here. But you will sit in awe when the entire canvas is finally seen. Look deeply, and then spread the word. This is one of the most significant albums of the last twenty years. Travis Meeks is such a special artist… Cheers to you, brother!

    Posted on March 16, 2010