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?
What if there was another girlTo whom the angel did not come,One who said, every day, “I am ready.”She woke, she dressed, she went to the wellto draw water.Still no flutter of wingsNo gifts delivered in the dark.No sudden lights.Just ordinary grit and labor.She knew the stories—Samuel, Miriam.The power of, “Here I am.”She wiped sleep from her eyes.Readied the day. Waited.
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