Miracle Temple

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Mount Moriah's self-titled debut album offered a lovely, intimate, tender brand of electric Americana that reflected influences as diverse as Neil Young, Dolly Parton, and Carole King. While that may have surprised fans of Jenks Miller and Heather McEntire, whose catalogs are made up of decidedly more explosive offerings, it shouldn't have. Both are talents too large to be constrained by genre. Miracle Temple contains the root of that sound, but it's evolved considerably. The band, at this point a trio with bassist Casey Toll, is signed to Merge Records. They've created a dark gem of an album buoyed by better production, stellar performances, and peopled by a wider array of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Mount Moriah's self-titled debut album offered a lovely, intimate, tender brand of electric Americana that reflected influences as diverse as Neil Young, Dolly Parton, and Carole King. While that may have surprised fans of Jenks Miller and Heather McEntire, whose catalogs are made up of decidedly more explosive offerings, it shouldn't have. Both are talents too large to be constrained by genre. Miracle Temple contains the root of that sound, but it's evolved considerably. The band, at this point a trio with bassist Casey Toll, is signed to Merge Records. They've created a dark gem of an album buoyed by better production, stellar performances, and peopled by a wider array of guests including Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. The overall sound is richer, fuller, and more immediate, but it is balanced by McEntire's emotionally taut, poetic lyrics and an intoxicating, edgy meld of guitars, bass, violins, drums and other instruments. On "Connecticut to Carolina," an electric country waltz with a gorgeous pedal steel by Allyn Love, McEntire -- with Ray on backing vocals -- exhorts a lover to "Get out of my heart/Step into the light/You will pay for what you crave/Your will ain't taut like wire..." In "I Built a Town," with its haunting organ and mournful violins, she creates an allegorical mythos of bewilderment and heartbreak: "I built a house behind my eyes/I sewed a veil for you to hide/I grow flowers to cut, towers to hold you high/There was nothing I could do to keep you inside." In "Miracle Temple Holiness," hers and Miller's guitars ring sharply, as Toll's bassline moves against them. Violins and James Walker's drum kit make it all swirl before she proclaims: "If fearness shakes your holy water/Let it rise, let it rise, let it rise..." She quivers with rage but her voice never breaks, giving the song an indisputable emotional authority. Miller's highly individual guitar style is a beacon. He punctuates McEntire's lyrics, adding depth in accenting her shapeshifting meanings. Closer "Telling The Hour," is a gospelized, haunted blues, with eerie piano, swirling fiddles, and Miller's guitar sparsely punching through the mix with McEntire nearly wailing about love's destructive power: "Gimme whiskey, gimme wine/And an unfaithful sky/Gimme scars so dark/I will have no choice but to remember." Miracle Temple is gorgeous. Its songs contain poignancy, pathos, pain, and desire, warapped loosely inside gritty, artfully played Southern gothic rock & roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2013
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 673855046624
  • Catalog Number: 50466
  • Sales rank: 74,058

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mount Moriah Primary Artist
Amy Ray Background Vocals
Daniel Hart Violin
Casey Toll Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Group Member
Heather McEntire Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Jenks Miller Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Group Member
James Wallace Organ, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals
Ryan Gustafson Background Vocals
Will Hackney Background Vocals
Bibis Ellison Background Vocals
Catherine Edgerton Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mark Nevers Producer, Engineer
Alex McCollough Mastering
Casey Toll Composer
Heather McEntire Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Jenks Miller Composer, Producer
Sarah Messer Composer, Lyricist
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