Great Awakening

Great Awakening

by Leeland
     
 

Leeland Mooring is nothing if not ambitious on the fourth album by the band that bears his Christian name, and which also features several of his siblings. Despite the title, the effort is not a concept album about the religious revival of the 18th century or its successors, although in the lead-off title song Mooring addresses the idea of the spread of faith from one… See more details below

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Leeland Mooring is nothing if not ambitious on the fourth album by the band that bears his Christian name, and which also features several of his siblings. Despite the title, the effort is not a concept album about the religious revival of the 18th century or its successors, although in the lead-off title song Mooring addresses the idea of the spread of faith from one person to another. Rather, the great awakening the singer/songwriter has in mind is, more simply, the realization of faith itself. For the most part, the songs fall into the praise & worship category, with simple, often clichéd lyrics directed to the Christian God and describing the deity's virtues. What lifts the album out of the generic, however, is the music and Mooring's performance of it. He seems to have spent a lot of time listening to and studying inspiring rock performers such as Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, and U2, and he fills the band's arrangements with their anthem-like effects. The tempos tend to be slow or moderate, and the music, while simple in structure, is always intensifying. The guitars ring and chime (sometimes using the kind of sequencing favored by the Edge), and pianos and organs fill in the mid-range sound à la the E Street Band, with added echo and even strings. Over that, Mooring sings in his rich, if slightly reedy tenor. Like Morrison, he is not afraid to repeat the same phrase or chorus; if it's worth singing once, a dozen times is even better. And he sounds impassioned, genuinely in awe of his Savior. It's music of broad scope and sweep, meant to get big crowds singing along. On "While We Sing," Mooring changes the mood by recognizing the existence of poverty: "While we sing," he notes, "the hungry roam the streets." It's a late recognition of the responsibility of Christians not just to worship God, but to do good works. But Mooring and his friends and family will have to fit that around their musical ministry. If he recalls Springsteen in any manner, it's in his desire to perform seemingly forever. "I will sing unending songs," he proclaims at the close of the disc, and it's clear he means it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
Label:
Essential
UPC:
0083061092825
catalogNumber:
10928
Rank:
82996

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Performance Credits

Leeland   Primary Artist
Ben Brown   Vocals
Josh Brown   Vocals
Paul Moak   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Sampling,Guitar (Tenor),Hammond B3
Jason McArthur   Vocals
Claire Indie   Strings,Cello
Leeland Mooring   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vibes
Jack Mooring   Piano,Vocals,Pump Organ,Tack Piano,Hammond B3
Mike Smith   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Dana Jorgensen   Vocals
Heather Christian   Vocals
Ashley Goins   Vocals
Kristin Watson   Vocals
Tom Loschiavo   Vocals
Todd Mooring   Hammond B3
Shelly Mooring   Bass,Vocals
Roxanne Nichols   Vocals
Melissa Seueogru   Vocals
Matthew Faulkenbury   Vocals
Matt Swaringim   Vocals
Leslie Eiler   Vocals
Jaime Smyth   Vocals
Eleanor Deonig   Strings,Violin
Cyndy Mooring   Vocals
Cammie Hall   Vocals
Brady Toops   Vocals
Abby Wood   Vocals

Technical Credits

Beth Lee   Art Direction
Tim Parker   Art Direction
Vlado Meller   Mastering
Paul Moak   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jason McArthur   Executive Producer
Claire Indie   String Arrangements
Jack Mooring   Composer
Leeland Dayton Mooring   Composer
Shelly Mooring   Composer
Michael Dewayne Smith   Composer
Eleanor Deonig   String Arrangements
Jeff Roberts   Booking

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