Howe Gelb and his Arizona-based Giant Sand are prolific recorders whose music is always of extremely high quality. GIANT SONGS TWO is their second best-of compilation (GIANT SONGS: THE BEST OF GIANT SAND was released six years earlier in 1989). These 16 songs were culled from eight albums; two songs were drawn from Band of Blacky Ranchette's, their offshoot band, release SAGE ADVICE.
Gelb's songs and singing follows its own uniquely inviting path through rootsy rock, skewed country, and hefty dollops of psychedelia. There's flat out rockers ("Can't Find Love"), Dylan-like epics ("Trickle Down System"), and southwest desert folk ("Who Am I?"). This album, as well as its companion volume, is a great place to start with this engaging and vigorous outfit. Their broader success in the year 2000 for their CHORE OF ENCHANTMENT was long overdue and well-deserved.