Chasing Furies - With Abandon

Sunday 1st August 1999
Chasing Furies - With Abandon
Chasing Furies - With Abandon

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Sparrow SPD1699
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Joshua, Sarah and Rachel Meeker are three church-raised siblings who between them have spent enough time backslidden out now in the world but now that God has sorted and healed them, they want to get out there and bring a few more people onto the right side of the tracks. And tracks is what it's all about, their debut album is piled high with vibey, edgy, powerful songs that are destined to connect. I always get suspicious when I read the Nashville industry hype that surrounds the launch of some bands but in the case of Chasing Furies, it is more than deserved. Seldom does a debut album come along that hits me with the force of this recording! Although sharing vocal duties with Joshua, in Sarah Meeker the band have a singer who jerks every nuance of passion from the lyrics she has penned and if you add a swampy brew of musical elements underpinning her performances, Chasing Furies soon shape up to being one hot band. Musically and sonically intense, try combining Over The Rhine and Radiohead and then add into the equation some '70s female rock and you'll be close to getting the sound here. As for the songs, you get the acoustic whimsy of "Whisper Softly" floating tantalisingly through the speakers at one end and then the light and shade of "Thicker" exploding and receding and capturing. Elsewhere "I Would Drown" is wonderfully dense, whilst "Enchanted" is shiny, jangly and compelling. In total, this is an awesome album which has this reviewer enthralled.

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5. Enchanted [Listen]

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