John Denver
Poems, Prayers & Promises


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ben CONTRIBUTOR (23 Reviews)
February 18th, 2019 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Still I love to see the sun go down, and the world go around"

There’s a love of life to be found here. A love of love, too. Of friendship and giving and steadfast togetherness. It’s found in depictions of nature – of country roads and the warmth of the sun. It’s revealed in passionate and unqualified declarations of unity, draped in rhyme and rallying metaphor. It’s demarcated by an unwavering opposition to injustice: heartfelt, pure and simple.

It’s, erm, all a bit much … isn’t it?

Unduly optimistic, perhaps. A shoddy portrayal of life, one that’s jarring and cloying and false. A dangerous opiate – sickly sweet – catching in the throat. Childish, even. The naïve, stubborn refusal to acknowledge the suffering inherent in life and admit that it can’t be overcome. Life is not that simple. Everything is not ok. Love doesn’t last; joy is elusive; injustice is prevalent and unavoidable, says the voice in my head.

It’s all a bit much … surely?

Or maybe that’s just the charm of it, that which makes ‘Poems, Prayers & Promises’ so compelling. Simplistic as it may be, its spirit and outlook is certainly contagious – that of standing resilient and kind and perhaps even smiling in spite of it all. A yearning to live and live well, tucked between textured melodies and warm, oaken tones. Seeing the best in everything and everyone, including oneself, no matter how obscured. Brave, dumb positivity. Hyperbole, perhaps (read: probably (read: certainly)), but such is the comfort and reassurance that can be gleaned from Denver’s humble musings. Perhaps it is a ‘head-in-the-sand’ kind of comfort, one lacking realism and nuance, but that’s okay. Time enough to dwell on the world’s hardships, I think. For now, pull up a pew with John, rest those weary feet and have a sing – if only for a moment.




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neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2019


19498 Comments


Goddamn gorgeous review, Ben
Just love the structure of this thing

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2019


19498 Comments


Also, methinks the ampersand glitch has struck again

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2019


6498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers neek



I'm a bit rusty, and this review doesn't grammar, but was fun to write



The music is fantastic. John has a lot more to offer than just Take Me Home, Country Roads

Sunnyvale
February 18th 2019


1529 Comments


John Denver rules, although all of his albums I've heard have quite a bit of filler. His best songs are top notch.

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2019


6498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah John needs more sput love, and this is a relatively filler-less offering which a few of his best ('Junk' is a gem)

bloc
February 18th 2019


61728 Comments


Annie's Song is one of my favourites

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BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2019


3323 Comments


I love this, Ben... Will listen soon.

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2019


20240 Comments


Yeah man nice write up. Don't know if this will be my cup of tea though.

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Snake.
February 19th 2019


22169 Comments


https://i.imgur.com/HwOKVLR.jpg

TheLongShot
February 19th 2019


865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Now I am a wooden indian standing silent in the raaaaaaaain

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2019


6498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers peeps. Yeah, even if it isn't your thing dewi give 'Junk' a whirl if you have a mo, and perhaps the t/t, cant really go wrong with them

butt.
April 8th 2020


7527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ugh, if you don't love this then your mom was definitely chugging vodka when you were in the womb



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