Wednesday, September 2, 2009

SACRED SONGS FOR WORRYING TIMES/CD review



This fantastic release is NOW available! Here is what I had to say about it on All Music Guide.
"I believe in the healing power of music.
And I believe that we can overcome pain, heartache and hardship by allowing music to drift through our soul instead of going in one ear and out the other.
Thankfully, the good folks at Righteous also believe in the power of music. While most of their previous releases have been excellent reissues of great albums by country, blues, rock and pop music stalwarts like George Jones, Merle Travis and 101 Strings, Sacred Songs For Worrying Times is a whole different ball of wax.
The initial idea was to have current acts tackle old (and some new) religious-themed songs that had, over the years, become part of rock, country and folk’s rich musical tapestry. Once the project had reached fruition, the world’s economy had tanked and many people began to lose their way, troubled by the unfortunate turn of events. Thankfully, this compilation has made it to the shops and, true to their original vision, Sacred Songs For Worrying Times should offer many of them a twinkle of light in the midst of all the gloom.
While you probably won’t find this album filed in the Christian or Gospel sections, there is a strong message of faith and hope that rises to the surface on each and every track. Though some of it may initially sound dark and gloomy, once you submerge yourself into the different moods and atmospheres, your soul will feel rejuvenated.
Imagine an old classic Blues track, your favorite melancholy folk melody or a life-changing song on your favorite Nick Cave album: they were all born out of sadness yet remained hopeful. That is what this inspiring collection is all about!
Many of the tracks here were recorded specifically for this project and while some of the names may not be chart-toppers, they certainly should be. Noah & The Whale’s take on Daniel Johnston’s “Devil Town” is a highlight. Malcolm Middleton’s interpretation of Joan Osborne’s “One Of Us” is emotionally stunning, transforming the song into something less beautiful than the original, but much more powerful.
Add Richard Hawley’s haunting “Troublesome Waters” plus songs from The Handsome Family, Field Music, David Arnold, Theoretical Girl, El Perro Del Mar and many others and you’ve got yourself a set of moving and, dare I say it, inspirational songs.
Stunning."
Not so worried anymore,
Stephen SPAZ Schnee

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