Precious Remedies Against Satan s Devices
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Precious Remedies Against Satan s Devices

June 12, 2012

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  Song Title
I'm Not Fine
My God, My God, Parts 1 & 2
I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Rice and Beans (But No Beans)
Would You Come And See Me In New York
My Best Days, Parts 1 & 2
Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending
Draw Nigh
The Strife Is O'er
God Be With You Til We Meet Again
Nature's Goodnight

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • Copyright: 2012 Asthmatic Kitty
  • Total Length: 51:09
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  • ASIN: B0084J00JU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,397 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important, but also delightful July 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This isn't the sort of music I usually listen to, and though I expected to admire it, I did not think I would like it very much. But it did a masterful job of winning me over. And I think it blazes an important path through unexplored territory.

There are precious few musicians I'm aware of who are committed to making Christian music that is not merely music for Christians, and hardly any who would go so far as to use old hymns in new settings to speak about Jesus to an unbelieving world. Meanwhile, I think one of the most important things my son and I do is play gospel music week after week in secular settings, without apology but also genuinely intending to speak to and even touch listeners whose spiritual state is completely unknown to us. So I liked the fact that, even though Vito Aiudo is the pastor of Resurrection Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, the Welcome Wagon is not the church's worship band, and the music on this CD is not meant for use in worship services. And I wanted to understand what role he wants his music to play in the listener's life.

Vito Aiudo says: "This album has a somewhat liturgical structure, ordered loosely like a worship service." Quite so, although I didn't realize it during my first listen. As the album unfolded I listened and analyzed, identified the influences and structures and techniques and instrumentation, thought about the lyrics. I could see what was being done, appreciate and even admire it--still, I wasn't really persuaded it might be for me. But the liturgy was doing its work, and as I arrived at "Lo He Comes with Clouds Descending" something in me surrendered. The music played on until I stopped to do my shopping. I finished the album, then played it over again with--finally--ears to hear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent progress June 18, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
After loving the last album, I was really excited for this one. What I wasn't expecting, however, was how different it would be. Sufjan's influence is pretty relatively restrained and the couple's authentic talent really shines. Great album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Precious Indie Liturgy June 12, 2012
By ns
Format:MP3 Music
Its been too long since the last album (not really but its been hard to be patient!) The most distinctive difference from their self-titled debut is the abundance of originals on this record. Sometimes doing lyrics and music, other times using existing hymn/poem lyrics (even John Donne), Vito and friends have created a wonderful album arc of original work. The flow of the entire record almost feels like a liturgical service, beginning with a Confession & Forgiveness (I'm Not Fine) and wrapping up the album with a Benediction (God Be With You). The recording and production quality have gone up a little bit on this record, though I must admit, the rawness of the first record was refreshing and has its appeal. The country-western touch added by the lap steel isn't my cup of tea, and may be a little over used, but thats purely a personal style preference. Overall, a fun and insightful album that works well AS AN ALBUM (don't put on shuffle!) and won't disappoint. Enjoy the music!
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Format:Audio CD
I found out about The Welcome Wagon through Asthmatic Kitty Records, who publishes Sufjan Stevens. I normally loathe what has become known as contemporary Christian music, but this record is something special. Subtle, unpretentious, without overproduction. Those Are My Best Days is my favorite.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK CD March 26, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All of the music on this CD is ok - there are a few great songs - but overall I would have been better off just purchasing the few songs I really like
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