Sally Timms is known for her estimable vocal contributions to the Mekons, a 20-year-old punk-turned-reggae-turned-country-turned-avant-garde-rock group that continues to record. With her second full-length solo disc, Timms slows things down considerably and performs as her alter ego, Cowboy Sally. Surrounded by some of Chicago's more talented musicians who play what they like to call "insurgent country," Timms' glorious voice is put to good use.
Besides a great rendition of Johnny Cash's "Cry Cry Cry," Cowboy Sally interprets the compositions of fellow Mekon Jon Langford, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Nashville exile Robbie Fulks, among others. A charming set of songs with traditionalist C&W roots, "Twilight Laments" showcases the glorious melancholy of Timms' backwater muse.