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  • Audio CD (November 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Badman Records
  • ASIN: B0002ZMJ4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Innocence Mission have, over the course of a decade, created a half dozen albums which celebrate small pleasures, fragile details and the wistful edges of life. As the title suggests, Now the Day Is Over offers a set of lullabies. The dozen covers and one original were not all written as bedtime reveries, but it's a testament to the graceful nuances Don and Karen Peris that such a familiar song as "What A Wonderful World" can bring out the twinkling stars of nighttime with heartfelt purity. Free of embellishments, either internal or studio created, Karen's vocals are at once magical and direct. The trio has done much more than to simply streamline or slow down these selections, they've found the core of each number and built around it only that which is necessary. -- David Greenberger

Customer Reviews

Karen Peris's voice is perfect for lullabies.
Paul
If you prefer NOT to listen to the Wiggles, and would enjoy adult type kid music, this is a good one for kids' bedtime collections.
Diane R. Meves
I have other Innocence Mission cd's - and always enjoyed their music.
G. Polley

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Here's something a little different from The Innocence Mission. According to their label's website, Now The Day Is Over is a selection of songs IM singer Karen Peris sang to her children as lullabies. Her singing of these tunes is marvelously simple, with minimal accompaniment. The purity and sweetness of Karen's vocals remind me a little of another of my favorite singers, Astrud Gilberto, singing bossa nova songs 40 years ago. The songs on Now The Day are a mixture of standards, movie songs, traditionals, hymns, and a few odds and ends. The common thread is a gentle spirit and a love for the original melodies. The cover versions are broken up by two nice instrumental guitar interludes from Don Peris, pieces by Chopin and Beethoven. Karen also contributes one new song of her own, "My Love Goes With You." The whole disc is a very peaceful and relaxing collection of music. The version of the Disney classic "Stay Awake" (from Mary Poppins) is the best I've heard since Suzanne Vega did it several years ago.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert E Jones on December 17, 2004
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And that is why I hope you will buy this album.

In it, you will hear an enchanting set of lullabies, all fresh fodder for nighttime singing. Karen Peris' voice is, as always, fresh and full of verve. Imperfect though it may be, it resonates at just the frequency for teaching other adults these songs. Listen to the CD. You will love the tunes. But, more importantly:

You will learn each of these canons properly, so that you may sing them quietly and lovingly to a child in your life.

I guarantee, one of these, crooned at each bedtime, will send your little one off to quick bliss. If -you- were still a child, this is the way you would want to be treated.

Buy the CD. Support an amazing band. Learn the songs. Sing them to a child. You will be repaid one million times for your effort.

If you're still in love with your mate, consider singing him or her one of these lullabies at bedtime. If you no longer love your mate, then DEFINITELY do so. Quietly, overnight, your world will improve.

Lullabies have that power.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Richards on January 10, 2005
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Now That the Day Is Over is not the best or even an essential Innocence Mission album. However, having said that it does what it sets out to do and in a charming and disarming manner. It delivers a dozen or so gentle ballads that never ruffle and often sooth.

The band has never "rocked out" much and on this disc the music is even slighter, which means that Karen Paris' voice carries much of the record. She has a nice, even voice that works fairly well, but I think stronger backing would have made for a better experience.

The song selection is top notch, although songs like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" are clichés that the Innocence Mission do not bring anything new too.

A nice Cd for younger children. If you picked up on the Innocence Mission with this record or are curious then you really should pick up their timeless debut and Glow. From there anything else is good as well, but start with those two.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chief Quimby on December 5, 2004
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It feels a little wrong to say anything remotely negative about this band , because they are so incredible genuine and pure, and their music is such a wonderful creation that reflects that. Anytime i feel worn down, their records are like loving arms laying me gently into rest.

Their newest cd of lullabies is, of course, beautiful. It's also a one speed, one shade, one trick pony. So, while i love how fast it puts me to sleep, it's a little frustrating that it doesn't have half of the depth that "Befriended" does. What you see is what you get, and it's over before you can even toss and turn.

My other critique is that two of the songs are recylced from older eps, and lps. I can understand including a b side, but to put a song on two different full length albums kind of feels like cheating.

Bless this band. I'm hoping for another full length soon!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Donahue on January 3, 2007
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In the winter of '89-'90, I picked up The Innocence Mission's eponymous debut on cassette one evening in a mall in Muncie. During my solitary rural Indiana backroads return to Taylor Univ., I was introduced to the delightfully solid intangibility of these troubadours of Heart, Soul, and Mind. I wanted Don and Karen Peris to mother and father me, or to marry Karen, or to be a brother or sister of one, to experience in my life the meaningful connections that in song resonated on and strong without dwindling into the inevitable nihilism that so much of art does nowadays. (Soon realized they were Catholic Universalists or something like that.)Fan for life.

And so, I kept up with their oeuvre. Enjoying the experimental phases of beauty along with the return to simple folk beauty. "Bright as Yellow", on "Glow", piqued the world's interest on the "Empire Records" soundtrack. They toured at least a little with Lilith Fair one year. I found later they've done a blatantly spiritual album "Christ Is My Hope", and that Don (genius of guitar understatement/suggestion) has a couple of his own albums out. I still need to get those 3.

Anyway, the idea of a lullaby album from The Innocence Mission is so perfectly obvious that I never expected it. I mean, she sang songs to her "Someday Coming Child" (on "Umbrella") years before she birthed!

It is as perfect as it could be. Minimal in performance, maximal in effect. (With 3 little boys, I'm a connoisseur of artfully-lulling lullaby albums. Get the Disney Lullaby Album too--no, really--Greg Diakun and Fred Mollin create real art right under DisneyCorp's nose.)

Finally, Karen can sing me to sleep--and my family too.
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