Bruce Cockburn meets the Dark Side of the Moon?
Posted October 29, 2011
Thank you new release tuesday for letting us preview entire albums for free online. We get to try out new musicians and all the songs on a CD -- not just those that make the cut to be singles.
The Economy might be one of those albums that need to be experienced on a whole. As some other reviewers have said, the style is hard to peg. The lyrics remind me of early Bruce Cockburn, when he was explicitly Christian, although without the social critique that I was expecting on a CD entitled "The Economy". Instead it is very personal, like Cockburn can be, and like Cockburn using unusual metaphors and images with a melancholy air -- one that is quite aware of one's sinfulness and potential for evil. Yet the music also celebrates the great and bloody gift of Christ our Savior -- the murdered Son and rises to crescendos of praise. In many ways I thought it was a CD that would be introduced before Lent and Easter rather than Christmas, because its themes fit that season better.
The music also provides some eerie effects and creative sound images, thus my reference to "The Dark Side of the Moon". Not just Pink Floyd, but the music vaguely recalls some Moody Blues and others of the creative edge of rock. Its a CD that invites us to listen to it again and again.
I'm looking forward to listening to John Mark McMillen & band more.
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