Friday, February 4, 2011
I was in a used record store (Zia Records) in Arizona when I heard the song "I Believe," and immediately bought the album "Home" by Blessid Union of Souls. Their debut CD is a touching composition of songs with strong peaceful messages; the lyrics are thought provoking and deeply moving, carrying a message of morality and character.
This soulful debut does not have a weak track on it, and the arrangements of strings, piano, harmonicas and guitars are rich, seeming simple and complex at the same time (if that's possible). This offers something for anyone-it was released while Hootie And The Blowfish were popular, and is of a similar genre (soft rock? singer-songwriter?), although with more insightful songwriting. You'll get all misty-eyed when listening to "Nora," and "I Believe" is a better lyric against racism than anything else I've heard.
By album three, they were writing songs that were more commercial and less introspective (a song mentioning Leonardo DiCaprio-are you kidding me?), but this disc still hits the mark after fifteen years.
Their forthcoming album is a contemporary Christian disc, with the only surprise being that it took them so long to switch genres!