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.
Lonely Avenue recalls beautiful-mess collaborations along the lines of Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson.
The hymn "Tukutendereza Yesu" is a staple of Kenya's booming Christian music industry. Across modern East Africa, the song is hard to avoid. But just why is it so successful?
“The School Sisters of Notre Dame donate brains toAlzheimer’s research.” —Time magazineOne morning soonin Mankato, Minnesota,Sister Matthia will die,a glacial calving in the heart of God.103, she joyfully shuffles among an eternity of prepared rooms,and at her passing has consented to be undressed before the picture windows of the world.Clothed in the plainsong of never being forgotten,loving the Lord God with her all,she has practiced being a Jerusalem wall,tucking for more than a century into the wrinkled gyri of her brain,the desperate, tightly folded slips of petition forwarded through her bent obedience to the beyond.Rare, illuminated book of prayer, this quiet mindwelcomes a final harvest.Weighed, sectioned, photographed,her wafered flesh like a lifted host in the researcher’s hands,shot with light.
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