Album: Various Artists, Sacred Songs for Worrying Times (Righteous)
Friday 26 June 2009
A striking anthology of modern faith-based ruminations, some custom-built to fit the compilation's prescient brief, others sourced with impeccable taste from the likes of The Handsome Family ("Grandmother Waits for You") and Slint singer/guitarist Ryan Driver ("When Were You in Mexico").
Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label furnishes three selections, including Liz Janes' version of the Sacred Harp song "32b Distress", a funereal processional of mountain fiddle drone and musical saw, and Welcome Wagon's "But for You Who Fear My Name", which resembles a revivalist congregation blast of banjo, handclaps and Sally Army horns.
David Arnold's "God Won't Save You Now" opens proceedings, its pessimistic message riding a sluggish gospel-funk roll; but for most of its course, the album's guiding spirits are Hank Williams and Tom Waits, the latter's grizzled Americana offering a touchstone for contributions by the likes of Noah and the Whale. Elsewhere, Richard Hawley covers Mother Maybelle Carter, Malcolm Middleton chips in with a reflective cover of Joan Osborne's "One Of Us", and Field Music preface "You're Not Supposed To" with a lovely hummed run through of "Abide With Me".
Download this: 'God Won't Save You Now', 'But For You Who Fear My Name', 'When Were You in Mexico', 'Trampin'', 'Devil Town'
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Fifty Shades of Grey movie: New picture of Anastasia Steele unveiled
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
Cilla, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith embodies the young singer perfectly
Doctor Who, Listen, review: Possibly Steven Moffat's most terrifying episode
Tyler, The Creator says having new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was 'like waking up with herpes'
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke