Album Review

Yona, Yair – “Remember” – [Anova]

Thurston Hunger   6/26/2010   A Library, CD

Israeli gears up for guitar echoes. The album’s title is
more than a clue, it’s a mission; as Yona summons strings
long ago snapped. He’s got finger picking pluck, he’s got
boozy slide, he’s got a sense of history. Fahey shows up more
than in a parenthetical song title. Other spectres include
the blues, but Yona is more of a traveling bluesman,
crossing genres and roads. Even the slower tracks have that
kind of bounce that feels like a hobo riding the rails.
“Struggled So Hard” and “Brave Walls” are exhilirating
examples. On “Russian Dance” he squares off with Erez Kriel’s
mandolin to bust a sweat if not a high-E. Other moments get
that dry lonesome, kinda Paris, Texas or maybe it’s just
Jerusalem dust. Check the title track and definitely
“Sympathy for the Jack” but BYOB. Overdubs and friends
pop in, but this is mostly a steel string thing. The last
track approaches a song cycle, and clicks history long
and short. Nice personal track notes to match the nice
personal playing.

-Thurston Hunger

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