Lay It Down
Michael Timmins is credited as this Canadian foursome's lone songwriter,
his sister Margo caresses his lyrics with such raw, naked emotion that
she sounds as if she's baring her own soul. On the group's sixth studio
album, mellow Margo sings in her usual hushed soprano, and her mood
is as low as ever on "Lonely Sinking Feeling" and "Now I Know". Yet,
thanks to Michael's reflective lyrics, the overall feel on Lay
It Down is more pensive than melancholy. The arrangements
are less spare and delicate than usual, with the sting of Michael's
guitar chords adding unprecedented bite to the bluesy "A Common Disaster"
and the otherwise hypnotic title song.
Still, Margo remains the most addictive Junkie. Her interpretive skill
hasn't been so effectively displayed since the band broke through with
their plaintively beautiful 1988 cover of Lou Reed's pub rocker "Sweet
Jane". This is no small feat. Even Reed might have thought he was hearing
that one for the first time. (Geffen)