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Welcome To The Welcome Wagon

Welcome WagonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • 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: #167,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Help me find my proper place 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Welcome Wagon. September 21, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Unique, Eclectic January 31, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh February 18, 2009
By JRP
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars feeling warm and fuzzy inside and out October 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
dear people, there is heart and soul to be found herein, turn it up! the kindness in the voices and the thoughtful bells and harmonica, horns and strings and fingers winding, all are swept in such arms of happy praise and solemn reverie. i am one small voice, but i will say it loud and i'll say it here, listen up! listen up! hear hear! 'tis wondrous music! wondrous!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a delight! September 21, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
A graceful balance between modest lyrics, soft vocals and cerebral musical arrangements. Definitely one asthmatic kitty's shining stars. Highly recommend!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great
It's SOOOOOOO hard to find good Christian music, but this is pretty good. Sounds a ton like Sufjan but with more faith-inspired lyrics. I like it.
Published 12 months ago by Dream's Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome wagon rocks!
One of the most refreshing albums I've heard in a long time. The collaboration with Sufjan Stevens (one of the BEST pop arrangers of all time) makes this an album I come back to... Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Album!
The album was purchased as a gift, but the recipient and I listened to it together and it's terrific! Really different from just about any mainstream music. Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by Christina Ingersoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good
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. Read more
Published on September 21, 2009 by M. Manley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Combination of Sounds
I am really enjoying this music. Among my favorite tracks are 'I Am a Stranger' and 'Unless the Lord the House Shall Build. Read more
Published on March 10, 2009 by J. Detwiler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Sounds just like Sufjan
If you liked Sufjan Stevens, Seven Swans album, then you will probably find this one pleasing to the ears. This is a great album, with some awesome, spiritually oriented tracks.
Published on March 10, 2009 by Joshua R. Jacobs
3.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Shaggs
I have to say their music is interesting, and hopelessly naive. The songs are lyrically interesting, completely lacking in guts, and have a distict Stevens touch. Read more
Published on March 3, 2009 by P. Reed
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