Sacred Songs for Worrying Times

Sacred Songs for Worrying Times

     
 
The healing power of music is evident here. Pain, heartache, and hardship can be overcome by allowing music to drift through the soul instead of going in one ear and out the other. The good folks at Righteous believe in the power of music. While most of their previous releases have been excellent reissues of great albums by country, blues, rock, and pop music

Overview

The healing power of music is evident here. Pain, heartache, and hardship can be overcome by allowing music to drift through the soul instead of going in one ear and out the other. The good folks at Righteous believe in the power of music. While most of their previous releases have been excellent reissues of great albums by country, blues, rock, and pop music stalwarts like George Jones, Merle Travis, and 101 Strings, Sacred Songs for Worrying Times is a whole different ball of wax. The initial idea was to have current acts tackle old (and some new) religious-themed songs that had, over the years, become part of rock, country, and folk's rich musical tapestry. Once the project had reached fruition, the world's economy had tanked and many people began to lose their way, troubled by the unfortunate turn of events. Thankfully, this compilation has made it to the shops and, true to their original vision, Sacred Songs for Worrying Times should offer many of them a twinkle of light in the midst of all the gloom. While you probably won't find this album filed in the Christian or gospel sections, there is a strong message of faith and hope that rises to the surface on each and every track. Though some of it may initially sound dark and gloomy, once you submerge yourself in the different moods and atmospheres, your soul will feel rejuvenated. Imagine a classic old blues track, your favorite melancholy folk melody, or a life-changing song on your favorite Nick Cave album: they were all born out of sadness yet remained hopeful. That is what this inspiring collection is all about. Many of the tracks here were recorded specifically for this project, and while some of the names may not be chart-toppers, they certainly should be. Noah and the Whale's take on Daniel Johnston's "Devil Town" is a highlight. Malcolm Middleton's interpretation of Joan Osborne's "One of Us" is emotionally stunning, transforming the song into something less beautiful than the original, but much more powerful. Add Richard Hawley's haunting "Troublesome Waters" plus songs from the Handsome Family, Field Music, David Arnold, Theoretical Girl, El Perro Del Mar, and many others, and you've got yourself a set of moving and, dare it be said, inspirational songs. Stunning.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/21/2009
Label:
Righteous
UPC:
5013929980921
catalogNumber:
23-9

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Rhodes   Group Member
Jakob Dinesen   Tenor Saxophone
Mads Hyhne   Trombone
Kasper Tranberg   Trumpet
Assi Roar   Double Bass
Nikolaj Juel   Electric Guitar
Michael Weston King   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica
Liz Janes   Vocals
Peter Kibsgaard   Trash Cans
Carsten Skov   Banjo
Dawn Kinnard   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Nathan Partain   Drums
Simon Aldred   Group Member
Grenville Harrop   Group Member
Phill Anderson   Group Member
Kristoffer Sonne   Drums
Alan Cook   Banjo,Dobro
Nikolaj Torp   Piano (Upright)
Charlie Fink   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Doug Fink   Drums,Background Vocals
Tom Hobden   Violin,Background Vocals
Urby Whale   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Alan Cook   Banjo,Dobro

Technical Credits

Daniel Johnston   Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Composer
Eric Bazilian   Composer
Dave Henderson   Liner Notes
Tim Kelley   Composer
Brett Sparks   Composer
Rennie Sparks   Composer
Arnold   Composer
Malcolm Middleton   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Sufjan Stevens   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Lenny Smith   Composer
Michael Weston King   Arranger
Liz Janes   Arranger
Christa Meyer   Composer
Jason Quever   Composer
Dyre Gormsen   Engineer
Perro del Mar   Composer
Cherry Ghost   Composer
Travis Brigman   Vocal Engineer
Ryan Driver   Composer
Toby Pitman   Producer
Tim Elsenburg   Composer

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