A Prayer Cycle: Path to Zero

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Like its predecessors, The Prayer Cycle (1999) and American River (2004), Jonathan Elias' Path to Zero (also subtitled Prayer Cycle) is an album-length orchestral suite punctuated by singing and readings by various well-known guests. In this case, Elias' subject is the atomic bomb, which comes up quickly in the first track, "Atomic Mother," when, over a soundscape of strings and slow, deep drum sounds, and after some qawwali singing by Rahat Fateh Ali Kahn, Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, begins reciting the names of countries known or thought to have developed nuclear weapons. Soon, Sting himself is at the microphone reciting a history of the Manhattan Project and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Like its predecessors, The Prayer Cycle (1999) and American River (2004), Jonathan Elias' Path to Zero (also subtitled Prayer Cycle) is an album-length orchestral suite punctuated by singing and readings by various well-known guests. In this case, Elias' subject is the atomic bomb, which comes up quickly in the first track, "Atomic Mother," when, over a soundscape of strings and slow, deep drum sounds, and after some qawwali singing by Rahat Fateh Ali Kahn, Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, begins reciting the names of countries known or thought to have developed nuclear weapons. Soon, Sting himself is at the microphone reciting a history of the Manhattan Project and quoting atomic bomb developer J. Robert Oppenheimer quoting from the Bhagavad Gita, "Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds. I have blood on my hands." Sting places particular emphasis on the early testing of the bomb in Native American lands, which he calls the first instance of "environmental racism." "Atomic Mother" turns out to be the most political track on the album, which otherwise opts for more spiritual and abstract explorations of its theme, as the likes of Jonathan Davis, Salif Keita, Jon Anderson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Sinéad O'Connor sing or recite passages over the atmospheric music, and the American Boys Choir adds a solemn, religious tone to the proceedings. Even Jim Morrison, close to 40 years after his death, is drafted in to recite some of his ponderous poetry during the lengthy title track. It's not clear that Elias wants to do any more than reflect on the issues raised by the Atomic Age, so the album is more thoughtful than stirring. It grapples with a big topic, but doesn't come to any real conclusions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • Label: Downtown
  • UPC: 878037023824
  • Catalog Number: 70238
  • Sales rank: 95,317

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Atomic Mother (8:04)
  2. 2 Trinity (10:03)
  3. 3 Deliverance (7:45)
  4. 4 Many Suns (2:16)
  5. 5 Devotion (7:45)
  6. 6 Path To Zero (11:59)
  7. 7 Awakening (8:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jonathan Elias Primary Artist
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Stephen Perkins Percussion
Cameron Stone Cello
Lawrence Schwartz Conductor
Nathaniel Morgan Percussion
Technical Credits
Jonathan Elias Composer, Producer
Danny Saber Programming
David Tickle Engineer
Fritz Doddy Engineer
Erick Labson Mastering
R. Walt Vincent Additional Production
Rosanna Arquette Artistic Director
Nathaniel Morgan Additional Production
Kerry Smith Engineer
Alba Quezada translation
Vincenzo LoRusso Producer
Dick Lewzy Engineer
Li Yu Composer, Lyricist
Mark Murphy Engineer
Ding Kiang Engineer
Damien Chock Engineer
Kirsten Kjeldsen Artwork
James Douglas Morrison Poetry
Scott Elias Liner Notes
Sarah Trevino Engineer
Mike Fraumeni Engineer
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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    amazing....interesting and haunting...so interesting

    almost like orchestral music meets pink floyd production....amazing music...elias is brilliant...

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