While Say Goodbye is no
straightforward salute to Memphis, soul is as good a word as any for this quiet, strange but above all groovy little record.
It's fine to eschew traditional bluegrass for intricate pop, but playing the latter with strict string-band instrumentation just sounds kind of gimmicky.
The Ohio spudboys return with their first album in 20 years, and the sharp songcraft and sharper social commentary haven't dulled a bit.
On his 17th album, Wilcox tries a bold experiment: he records in front of a live audience, but without applause punctuating each tune.
Deas Vail's youthful pop-rock is in the vein of Christian hit-radio bands. But the vocals soar to giddy heights on "Growing Pains," which makes compelling use of distorted guitar, riffing piano and swishing cymbals.
From a satellite the Sea of Galileelooks like my heart, but dark. Jesuswalked beside it one day. He said,“come I will return the bloodto the empty space.” They say darkmatter makes up most of this place,which neither emits, nor absorbs light.From this height the green moss aroundthe sea masks the fact of mostly desert.The mountains to the east must bemy lungs. I breathe in the nothing that isactually everything. Moss from the sea,full of fish and leaves and other debrismight make its way to me on the jet streamanchor itself in my esophagus. Jesus told meto fish in this sea. Cast my net, take upmy boat, because I might bring someoneup out of the water. Someone to fill my heartwith fish and sand. Blood and bark.
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