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Welcome To The Welcome Wagon

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Editorial Reviews

This debut unveils a ramshackle sing-along enterprise of a Presbyterian pastor and his wife who wrestle out the influences of folk music, religion, pop culture, and church tradition in a collection of soulful and good-humored songs. This gorgeous brew consolidates "sacred" song traditions (old Testament psalms, 17th century Presbyterian psalters), iconoclastic '60s pop innovators (The Velvet Underground), '70s charismatic Catholics (Lenny Smith), and '80s melancholy lovelorn pop (The Smiths). Recorded, produced, and arranged by Sufjan Stevens.

1. Up On A Mountain
2. Sold! To The Nice Rich Man
3. Unless The Lord The House Shall Build
4. He Never Said A Mumblin' Word
5. Hail To The Lord's Anointed
6. But For You Who Fear My Name
7. American Legion
8. You Made My Day
9. Half A Person
10. Jesus
11. I Am A Stranger
12. Deep Were His Wounds, And Red

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • ASIN: B001IB63D8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan E. Barnes on December 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Nestled comfortably in their own space between Contemporary Christian Worship and quirky nerdfolk music, The Welcome Wagon bring the (joyful) noise, as it were. Sufjan Stevens is not afraid of intricate string and horn arrangements, and the record sounds as though a microphone was always on, ready to capture the piano or guitar as a song arrangement was crafted. Vito and wife Monique sing with delicate sweetness and are backed at times with a group of choir-ish singers. All songs on the record are great, some more than others. Songs that stand out to me are Up On A Mountain, Hail To The Lord's Anointed, But For You Who Fear My Name, & Jesus. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Arthurs on September 21, 2009
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My list of things that are better than The Welcome Wagon

1. World peace
2. sliced bread
3. kittens
and that's really about it.
Get this album and prepare to have your socks knocked clean off.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Taylor on May 27, 2011
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A brief introduction to me: I am a HUGE music fan, cutting my musical teeth on Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament, Elvis Costello, the Clash, R.E.M., Radiohead, etc. I have owned two indy record stores in my life, just recently closing the second. I am also a pastor of a local church. I have always been almost ashamed of the lack of apparent creativity coming from most mainstream Christian musicians. I listen to virtually no Christian radio, believing that if Christian musicians were using their God-given talents in His service, we (the church) would be making the most creative and compelling music in the world. Sadly, that has not been the case in my humble opinion.

I was given a pleasant surprise a few years ago with the release of Jon Foreman's "Seasons" series. Well-crafted songs, interesting arrangements, compelling instrumentation. The Welcome Wagon follows in that vein. While much has been written about the Stevens' influence, and it is certainly present, I do not find it to detract from the overall sound or vision of the album.

There is a definite focus on song arrangement, instrumentation, and balanced true-to-life production techniques. A very welcome break from the smarmy, over-produced, breathy vocals of most mainstream "christian" music. I have found this to be very satisfying both in terms of lyrical content and musicianship. We have included this in our rotation for pre-service music and it helps set a positive, creative mood for worship. Well Done. A great start on the next wave of Christian music...and most welcome!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Davidson on January 31, 2009
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Outstanding. You can definitely see the influence Sufjan has on this group, but that doesn't detract from it for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose on September 21, 2009
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I read about this band in Paste Magazine and I wanted to check them out. They sing background vocals for Steven's records and now he produced this album for them. The best way to describe this band is to say Sufjan Stevens if he did Christian songs. You can hear his influence throughout this entire albums (or maybe it's the other way around). Same horns playing in the background, female harmonies, banjo struming, folk guitar kicking etc. that you'd hear on a Stevens record. The lyrics are sentimental and moving for the faithful, but those who are not keen on Jesus will still love it (although it is heavy on the religion, if that sorta thing bothers you). How cool is this band? They do a cover of The Velvet Underground song Jesus. Just get the album. If you're Saved it will fill you with joy, if you're not then you'll just love the music. Plus the artwork is beautiful and Sufjan Stevens writes the liner notes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JRP on February 18, 2009
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Impossible to label...which makes it fresh. Sweet...but not ironic. The best kind of musical simplicity. Listening to Welcome Wagon is like wading in a mountain stream. Sufjan Stevens' mark is here, but this couple have forged their own way. It's hard to find adequate descriptive words, but take a listen. It's my favorite new album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Manley on September 21, 2009
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This album is mind blowing-ly good. I saw a plug for "Sold! to the nice rich man" in a list of songs to listen to in Spin Magazine and on a gamble I bought the album. I could have been more plesantly suprised when I got the album. The Welcome Wagon may very well be the best group you've never heard of. I posted one of their songs as my profile song on my facebook and I still get comments on it. At 10 bucks you can't go wrong. Give em a shot, you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Detwiler on March 10, 2009
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I am really enjoying this music. Among my favorite tracks are 'I Am a Stranger' and 'Unless the Lord the House Shall Build.' I'd have to say that this is the first time I've really enjoyed banjo and glockenspiel together! And the backing vocal choir and horns make an amazing mixture. Great album!

Make sure you read through the liner notes, especially the lyrics to Lou Reed's song 'Jesus.'
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