Something happened last week that has never happened: a record company sent me a download of a new album. It wasn’t a corporate missive: it was personal.
It was for the new ‘Welcome Wagon’ album. I have blogged on them before: New York minister and his wife and friends with the legendary Sufjan Stevens hovvering in the background. Intent on producing music that speaks and isn’t twee whilst at the same time pursuing their primary calling as pastors.
I picked up this review on Amazon by a customer of an earlier CD that says it all for me:-
‘I am also a pastor of a local church. I have always been almost ashamed of the lack of apparent creativity coming from most mainstream Christian musicians. I listen to virtually no Christian radio, believing that if Christian musicians were using their God-given talents in His service, we (the church) would be making the most creative and compelling music in the world. Sadly, that has not been the case in my humble opinion…..There is a definite focus on song arrangement, instrumentation, and balanced true-to-life production techniques. A very welcome break from the smarmy, over-produced, breathy vocals of most mainstream “christian” music. ‘
And it is: musically itself and not pandering to any CCM slush, good songs about life and faith, rereadings of some old hymns (why do they speak more?) and just lovely. I have been playing it for the last week.
You can buy at Amazon and preview (and later buy) at http://thewelcomewagon.bandcamp.com/