Sacred Songs for Worrying Times

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All Music Guide - Steve "Spaz" Schnee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve "Spaz" Schnee
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • Label: Righteous
  • EAN: 5013929980921
  • Catalog Number: 23-9
  • Sales rank: 256,794

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God Won't Save You Now - David Arnold (4:30)
  2. 2 But for You Who Fear My Name (3:16)
  3. 3 Devil Town (1:49)
  4. 4 Trampin' (3:07)
  5. 5 32B Distress (3:18)
  6. 6 Hymn - Cherry Ghost (2:50)
  7. 7 My Lord (2:21)
  8. 8 Invisible Friend (4:23)
  9. 9 One of Us (4:26)
  10. 10 Troublesome Waters (3:12)
  11. 11 Calling You - Matthew Kilford (3:08)
  12. 12 You're Not Supposed To (2:33)
  13. 13 Never Said a Prayer Before - Theoretical Girl (3:17)
  14. 14 Ain't No Jesus in Here - Sweet Billy Pilgrim (4:48)
  15. 15 When Were You in Mexico (3:58)
  16. 16 Alone and Forsaken (2:32)
  17. 17 Happiness Won Me Over (3:40)
  18. 18 Grandmother Waits for You - The Hansome Family (3:47)
  19. 19 I Can't Feel at Home in This World Anymore - Michael King (4:26)
  20. 20 Bones (1:46)
  21. 21 Tamar (2:25)
  22. 22 Dead Love (4:18)
  23. 23 God Still Won't Save You Now - David Arnold (0:18)
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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
Alan Wilson Mastering
El Perro del Mar Composer
Cherry Ghost Composer
Travis Brigman Vocal Engineer
Ryan Driver Composer
Toby Pitman Producer
Tim Elsenburg Composer
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