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Posted April 20, 2011
Before and After is a Quiet and Inspirational Album
I've been listening to Carrie Newcomer's music for more than 20 years, and she has never put out a bad album. Although my favorite album of hers still remains her 2000 release, "The Age of Possibility," "Before and After" is a very nice album. I am continually amazed how Carrie continues to write insightful lyrics and poignant melodies and always finds new things to write about.
My favorite track on the album is "I Do Not Know Its Name," in which the singer creates small vignettes of those everyday moments that remind us of what is sacred, such as a driver of an airport shuttle singing a gospel hymn to his sole passenger.
"I Meant to Do My Work Today" is about living in the moment, even if it means putting off your to-do list.
"Do No Harm" is another of Carrie's wonderful historically-based songs about a minister whose family lives alongside Native Americans until white traders destroy the Eden he has created.
"I Wish I May, I Wish I Might" is a wistful and funny listing of various county fairs set to a carnival-like melody. "A Crash of Rhinoceros" is a humorous summary of the odd words in the English language which describe groups of animals.
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