Jandek - You Walk Alone

I think most who are familiar with Jandek's large body of work would agree that "You Walk Alone" is probably his most "focused" and "conventional" release. With that said, a "conventional" Jandek release is still pretty damn off the wall and crazy.

Like most Jandek releases, it's never exactly clear who's playing what, other than some vocals and guitar from the Representative From Corwood himself. This album appears to feature an additional guitarist who is quite proficient at laying down some wanky 12-bar blues riffs which really drive most of the tracks and also the mood of this album. This allows Jandek to really let loose and give some of his best (and most Lou Reed-esque) vocal performances which is especially evident in "Time & Space" & 'The Way That You Act". If you also consider the spirited (and extremely off-kilter) drumming, you might be able to build the case that this is the most fun release in Jandek's catalog.

If this is your first exposure to Jandek, I would consider this to be a very good starting point. Plus, who could ask for a cooler album? I know I couldn't!

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decrepittapes said...


Jerry A. said...

Hell yeah...just the record for this quiet, humid, rainy day. Except for rounding up a couple horses and putting them in the barn.

Jandek's from Texas, I wonder if he's ever worked with horses. In my short experience, they're pretty much giant vegetarian dogs that can crush you by accident.

decrepittapes said...

I get the impression that Jandek doesn't spend too much time near or around other living creatures.

Unknown said...

Truly a great album, one of Jandek's top 5 in my opinion.

Lavender even sound so "normal" it's hard to believe it's on a Corwoord record!