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Zero Church

Suzzy Roche, Maggie RocheAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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listen  4. Each Of Us Has A Name 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House
  • ASIN: B00005TPF2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In a time of national mourning and spiritual searching, Suzzy and Maggie Roche offer a balm to soothe the troubled soul. Zero Church, a collection of prayers set to music, grew out of the sisters' participation in a seminar at Harvard University's Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, and was originally set to be released on September 11, 2001. At that point, Suzzy wrote "New York City," a musical meditation for the missing, the families of the dead, and the heroes of the day. That particular piece joins songs based on extraordinarily moving prayers of an AIDS patient, a Vietnam soldier-turned-firefighter, a nun, a gay man remembering Matthew Shephard, and a former African slave, among others. The Roches themselves sing like angels, and when they're joined by DuPree, a veteran artist at the institute, you'll swear there's a heavenly choir at work. Divine inspiration, and then some. --Alanna Nash

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zero Church: First Great Release of 2002 January 31, 2002
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It's hard to beleive that it has been 23 years since the Roche sisters released their debut album and created a buzz both in folk and alternative music circles. Over the past ten years, we have only gotten a few precious morsels from the Roches: Suzzy released a wonderful solo album in 2000; and in 1995 the Roches released their last album with all 3 sisters, the stunning but idosyncratic "Can We Go Home Now." It is befuddling that the Roches have failed to reach a broader audience, beyond the handful of listeners who adore them. The Roches are simply too clever, too eccentric, too bohemian, and too damn good to reach the MTV generation who need whistles, bells, nose piercings and go-go girls to maintain their attention span. I am hoping that the message of "Zero Church" by sisters Suzzy and Maggie Roche, will reach the ears of the unordained.
For Roche fans: even without Terre (where is she??), there are the familiar tightly arranged and etheral harmonies that we have loved throughout the years. The big change is the skewed whimsy of the Roches is gone. This album was scheduled for release on 9/11/01, the dark day of the World Trade Tower disaster, and the Roche sisters elected to shelve it until last week (01/22/02). The result is the addition of "New York City" a heartfelt and powerful elegy to the people of the Big Apple. The remaining songs are prayers put to music by the sisters. The crisp minimalist production values and the addition of guest artists like Sweet Honey in the Rock's Ysaye Barnwell, the Institute of Arts and Civic Dialogue's Dupree and the multi-talented Ruben Martinez, more than fill the gaps left by Terre Roche's absence from this project. The result is the first magnificent CD release of 2002, and the most cohesive offering ever from the Roches.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic February 1, 2002
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Maggie and Suzzy Roche harmonize, sometimes with others, on a collection of prayers, many which they set to music. The effect is moving and soothing and aurally gorgeous. This is the most satisfying work by any of the Roches singularly or collectively since the great "A Dove". The sisters have always had a strain of existential angst and yearning, sometimes served straight up (The Beautiful Love of God, In the World) sometimes ironically and comically (Another World, Largest Elizabeth in the World). Being prayers, this collection rests in the straight up camp. Roche sisters have always been able to avoid the danger of their too beautiful voices becoming precious by mixing it up with effective dissonances or complex voicings of their harmonies and this is no exception. "Jeremiah" is simple and sweet, "Anyway" bright and catchy. Such tunes here are always countered by a dark and doleful sound likethat on "Each of Us Has A Name." It requires genius to successfully mix up a white girl sound like the Roches' with the earthy black gospel singing of DuPree and Ysaye Barnwell and not be left feeling that all the singing should have been left to the latter. On tunes like "Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" you hear how the Roche girls let you hear everybody pray, and in their own way, and make music worthy of repeated listening.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to Fall In Love July 10, 2003
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Evaluating these reader reviews is frustrating because so many sound like typically uncritical fan ravings or the carping of a sorehead who enjoys being negative. In either case, I rarely feel I have learned anything about whether or not I would like the album.
That said, I invite anyone who enjoys the Roches--or anyone who simply enjoys good music--to give this album a chance. Be prepared to fall in love.
When the Roches began issuing albums and performing concerts in the late 1970s, they featured superb harmony and a particuarly brainy sort of sexuality. They have always been too principled to serve up dummed-down, highly commercial albums crafted to not offend. You could describe their work with such adjectives as sassy, quirky, witty, goofy, lovely, empathetic and--again--sexy.
One word I would never have mentioned with respect to the Roches' earlier work is "spiritual." But of course, spirituality is exactly what Zero Church is all about. I'd like to think it is what many Americans are concerned with in these post 9/11 days. But while the new emphasis on spirituality comes off as being dull or self-congrulatory with many people, it sure doesn't with Maggie and Suzzy Roche. If you take a couple of smart women who are sassy, quirky, witty, goofy, lovely, empathetic, sexy AND spiritual, you end up with someone worth spending time with.
And that's where I am. This is not the way I usually relate to music, but I have been listening to Zero Church--and nothing else--for three days. Each time through, I like it a little better.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and a Mite Genteel May 16, 2002
By WrtnWrd
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Suzzy & Maggie Roche's Zero Church, a by-product of a Harvard seminar, is a collection of cross-cultural prayers set to music. The music, as would be expected, is contemplative folk scored for the purity of the Roche voices. There's a plea for the fallen of "New York City". (Originally to be released on September 11, Zero Church was pulled so Suzzy Roche could respond to the plane attacks in song). A Vietnam veteran seeks redemption in "A Prayer". The last night of Matthew Shephard's life is imagined as a series of what "Sounds" he might have heard as he waited for death. These are the most plaintive, and moving, of the eighteen tracks, though different listeners will respond with varying degrees of intensity depending on a multitude of factors: religious upbringing, ethnic background, historical interest. The CD, while gracious and always interesting, is a mite soporific to my tastes. It's so genteel, in fact, that when a Hebrew chant is introduced in "Aveenu Malcainu", it's as bracing and sneaky as guitar solo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars listen to this CD.
LOVE it since it was released in 2001. Inspirational and beautifully written poems written by ordinary people as well as traditional hymns.
Published 3 months ago by Hadiya Wilborn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my very favorites
This is my go-to CD when I need some spirituality. Even after 5 years I am still blown away by the beauty and power of the lyrics and harmonies. Read more
Published on February 18, 2008 by Rushmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories... great prayers... great music
The Roche Sisters listened to the stories of individuals and heard what was in their souls, and then put those aspirations to music. Read more
Published on September 25, 2007 by Mary Jo Meehan
5.0 out of 5 stars Zero Church
This CD is wonderfully diverse and is one of the finest done by the Roches. While deeply spiritual, it is not "religious". Read more
Published on March 15, 2006 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Beautiful prayers, superb production, and masterful songcraft combine to make one really great CD - Excellent!
Published on September 11, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars For musical and lyrical merits
This is a rare find in this day and age. Here we have an album that sounds beautiful and reads like poetry, i.e. what songs should be. Read more
Published on December 2, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual without being preachy
As with any Roches music, the first thing that impresses me is the harmony. They could just be singing nonsense in harmony and I would listen to them, but their choice of material... Read more
Published on June 20, 2002 by Richard Durbin
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and a Mite Genteel
Suzzy & Maggie Roche's Zero Church, a by-product of a Harvard seminar, is a collection of cross-cultural prayers set to music. Read more
Published on May 16, 2002 by WrtnWrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Magic
Suzzy and Maggie Roche have voices with distinct personalities. Their harmony, the unique musical arrangements, and the unusual nature of the "found prayers" on Zero... Read more
Published on March 2, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some tedious
The first listening of this cd was really good. Then it wore a little thin. I wish these sisters would go back to making the great music that they did in the 80's
Published on February 18, 2002 by K. Jones
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