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on July 27, 2016
It is hard to find words to describe this CD. I do not buy many CDs and, despite the modest price for a used copy, I waited a while before purchasing this one. I was afraid I would be disappointed.
I wasn't. In fact, I want to listen to it every day but I hold back because I don't want to ruin the sense of sacred by allowing it to become overly familiar. As I try to formulate the basis for this sensation, several things come to mind. First, the choice of spirituals and gospel music is an excellent mix and the arrangements and medleys are superb. They are simultaneously traditional and new, so that the original hymn is not lost but shines with a freshness that brings it life. Chanticleer's performance seems flawless without sounding flawless, if that makes sense. In other words, the performance does not sound like it was carefully orchestrated so as to be "perfect", but rather it carries a looser, deeply-felt sense of spirit that feels authentic on many levels.
I also found it interesting that, though I generally think of Chanticleer as a group of white guys, when I first listened to this album, I could not tell the race of the performers nor did I care. This is perhaps the greatest indicator of their success here - to have transcended such boundaries and entered the heart of music and the Gospel, our common sacred home.