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A Moment of Peace on a Long Road

Night Train

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Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "Night Train"
  • Artist: Amos Lee
  • CD: Supply and Demand
  • Genre: Pop-Rock

Amos Lee made a substantial impact with his self-titled debut album, which brought a feeling of country sweetness to northern blues. The disc was full of songs about love and loss — topics that describe most songwriting, yet still sounded new in his hands. On the new Supply and Demand, Lee continues to augment his angst with more complicated instrumentation and production, as well as a general sense of newfound bigness.

But a few songs return to the guy-and-his-guitar feel of earlier days — and they're all the more striking for the tracks that surround them. "Night Train" in particular benefits from its soulful feel: A subtly pulsing rhythm section gets into the sway of a train moving through the night, grasses waving by the side of the tracks: "Well, at a certain time of night now / I become one with the wind / where there isn't a beginning and there is no end."

Even Lee's voice sounds tired on "Night Train" — quietly worn from long days of trouble and a need for rest. But the quietness draws attention to every syllable, every subtle inflection and shift of instrumentation. In the middle of everything, it creates a moment of utter peace.

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