Tal & Acacia [Wake Me]| Posted October 12, 2009 [MAIN REVIEW]
Sisters Tal & Acacia grew up in Portland, Maine, in a Christian household and attended an inner-city school their mom and dad ran for underprivileged youth. Tal & Acacia first began songwriting and playing guitar in their teen years, while the family spent an insightful year in Russia aiding a humanitarian orphan ministry. After returning from Russia, the sisters developed a stronger sense of the world during separate collegiate pursuits in opposite regions of North America.
Now, in their early twenties, Tal & Acacia aim to create songs that wake listeners and refresh the soul. The songwriting duo’s music ministers and inspires. Realizing that sometimes we slumber in our walk with God and take a hiatus from His presence, Tal & Acacia desire to stir listeners to become alive again.
Musically, Tal & Acacia resemble female vocalists Feist, Norah Jones and Leigh Nash. The first three songs set the tone for this very enjoyable album, “Top Priority”, “Garbage In” and “Clearview” are all upbeat, catchy and bring out the main themes of this album which to me are introspective songs about worldly pressures and calling out to God for guidance and mercy.
The next two songs are my absolute favorites on the album, “Yahweh” and the title song “Wake Me (Noah’s Song)”. “Yahweh” is a beautiful ballad and a prayerful song and the vocal style reminded me of new CCM artist Kelly Mack. The song cries out “let time pass away, as I simply praise Yahweh… with my hands raised, my knees they fall, as I simply praise Jehovah”. “Yahweh” is a great and sincere song of faith and praise and has a great bridge expressing faithfulness: “Do I believe that You’re My God, that You’re All I Need, All I Need”? “Wake Me (Noah’s Song)” kept the prayer-style going in a more upbeat song that reminded me of new CCM female duos Cadia and The Sonflowerz with the cry out to “create in me what I’ve never seen” .
Musically, the album is very diverse with a great mix of rock, folk and pop. Each song kept me guessing which style would come next and the album sounds very original and yet familiar at the same time. I really enjoy how sisters Tal & Acacia blend vocally, especially on the song “Drifting Away”, which is another highlight for me. The song has a stripped down musical style and vulnerable vocals as the sisters harmonize “love is the thing that made it begin for the first time, and His love set it right to keep us going on, but we keep drifting away from the Love that makes Life, we keep drifting away from His sight”.
For me, the standout songs are “Top Priority”, “Yahweh”, “Wake Me (Noah’s Song”), “Drifting Away” and the closing song “Warrior Child”. This is a great debut album and if you like Leigh Nash, Feist and Norah Jones, you’ll truly enjoy Tal & Acacia.