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Now the Day Is Over

Innocence MissionAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Badman Records
  • ASIN: B0002ZMJ4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stay Awake
2. Over The Rainbow
3. What A Wonderful World
4. Moon River
5. Somewhere A Star Shines For Everyone
6. Prelude In A
7. Once Upon A Summertime
8. My Love Goes With You
9. Edelweiss
10. Sonata No.8
11. Bye-Lo
12. It Is Well With My Soul
13. Now The Day Is Over

Editorial Reviews

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

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming versions of beautiful melodies 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lullabies Are Love Songs We Sing To Our Children 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful Interpretations 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The sweetest One Trick Pony ever December 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love You, Innocence Mission. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL!
Published 7 months ago by NANCY
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
Our favorite lullaby album of all time, we have played it over and over again for our son. Great vocals on these classic tunes. You will not be disappointed.
Published 8 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet dreams for baby
These are songs children love to hear, performed sweetly and quietly. Relaxing for everyone at nap time or bed time.
Published 13 months ago by Carla Jacobsen
5.0 out of 5 stars CD-Now the day is Over
Bought for a baby shower-everyone loved it. Then, I noticed it came from San Fran where the parents-to-be live. And there is a good cause, too.
Published 17 months ago by Nita Gorrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music
This is a collection of favorites and standards, etc., sung as lullabies. The presentation and orchestration is simple but absolutely beautiful. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Jamesy
5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing, dreamy, delicious!!
I've given this as a baby gift to numerous new parents, after discovering it & finding it becoming
a favorite with my grandchildren (& myself!!). Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by Elizabeth L. Vitale
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy!
Granted this is not your 'usual' IM album, but I still feel this is a great album. Dim the lights, grab a glass of wine and cozy up on the couch next to your loved one; this album... Read more
Published on November 29, 2009 by Wheat
5.0 out of 5 stars Best lullaby album ever!
I bought this while pregnant with my son after hearing them on NPR - what a treat. My son loves it as much as I do.
Published on June 9, 2008 by Holly Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Lullaby CD!!
My son has been listening to this cd since the day he came home from the hospital. He's now nearly 3. I have other Innocence Mission cd's - and always enjoyed their music. Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by G. Polley
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Perfect for nap time and bedtime, especially for younger children (3 and under). Karen Peris's voice is perfect for lullabies. Read more
Published on April 16, 2008 by Paul
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