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Land Of Plenty by The Redemption Center

Cross Rhythms Rating: 10/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Roots/Acoustic, Album, Independent, Top Rated
Normal Dispatch Time: 1-3 days
Americana project from Poor Old Lu's Jesse Sprinkle and record label man J Stephen Smith.

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  1. 1. Timothy's Rag
  2. 2. The Boy Who Shed His Skin
  3. 3. Land Of Plenty
  4. 4. The Life That Should Have Been Mine
  5. 5. Parcel Of My Heart
  6. 6. A Man Who Knows A Few Things
  7. 7. Six Years And A Day
  8. 8. Showdown
  9. 9. I'm Afraid Of You
  10. 10. Forever Without You
  11. 11. Raise Up The Ghost
  12. 12. In My Mother's House
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Reviewed by David Faulkner

Dang! I'd already voted for Robert Plant's Band Of Joy as my favourite release of the year in Mojo magazine's annual poll before I played this CD because this slice of Americana bears favourable comparison with any album I heard, secular or Christian, in all of 2010. If you didn't know, The Redemption Center are session-seasoned American musos J Stephen Smith and Jesse Sprinkle (Dead Poetic, Demon Hunter). They've created a gem, one moment you have the humour and faith of Lost Dogs. The next you hear echoes of the melancholic hope characteristic of Bill Mallonee's Vigilantes Of Love. There are touches of Steve Earle's acoustic humanity and social conscience. Overlaying it all, one hears Jayhawks-like jangling guitars, harmonies and memorable melodies so that just as one track becomes a favourite, its successor takes over. "I'm Afraid Of You" puts lyrics from the late, great Mark Heard (first published in the Hammers & Nails biography) to music. "The Boy Who Shed His Skin" tells the story of a young man, Jonny Kennedy, who suffered from a horrific genetic disorder. The title cut asks - á là early 1970s Graham Kendrick - how much we think we are worth in redemption. Moreover, purchases of the CD support Music With A Meal Deal, a project in New York State to feed nutritious meals to the hungry. My only problem is extracting the disc in order to review my other assignments. Recommended without the slightest hint of reservation.

Style: Roots/Acoustic
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 95869
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Blind
Items: 1
Release Date: 2010

Americana project from Poor Old Lu's Jesse Sprinkle and record label man J Stephen Smith.

Posted by steve in New York at 16:39 on Sep 14 2010

Delivering twelve tracks worth of deeply harmonic and engaging music that ably blends elements of twangy country, rootsy folk, and rousing rock into one hell of a rich, tasty, and arresting sonic stew, this album certainly hits the stirring and melodic spot somethin’ sweet. The nasal and reedy, yet pleasant and affecting vocals convey emotion with exquisite clarity and galvanizing vitality. The arrangements keep things tuneful and hoppin’ throughout. The smart and thoughtful songwriting likewise impresses with its strong sense of economy and refreshing dearth of sappy sentiment. Best of all, there’s a real sweet warmth and glowing humanity that rings through loud and clear in every last radiant note. A lovely and touching slice of pure heartfelt Americana.
Joe Wawrzyniak – Jersey Beat

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