Label: New Rounder
Mockingbird Time is a reunion record for Jayhawks fans, featuring both Mark Olson and Gary Louris, who split after the near-breakthrough of 1995's Tomorrow the Green Grass. The album comes with the trademarks of the Jayhawks' sound: reedy harmonies, aching mid-tempo rockers and gritty Americana imagery. The first time around, this formula kick-started the early '90s alt country movement. Fifteen years later, Mockingbird doesn't have the artistic urgency, but sounds older, wiser and more reserved. The band's strength is displayed in spades on the chiming "She Walks in So Many Ways."