STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9625-9283 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Stuart Blackburn
These 12 self-penned tracks convey profound, mature Christianity. California-based Jeff Kepple marvels at the wonder of creation and the fallibility of humanity. He is sometimes sorrowful but always hopeful. His faith is simple but not simplistic. The influence of CS Lewis is evident from the sleevenotes, the song titles and the presence of Aslan on the front cover. On "Shadowland" Jeff prays "Hold me close to your heart/My days are dark, I'm feeling alone." There are lighter moments too with the chirpy opener "I Love The Rain" and the bouncy but stinging title track. What really makes this is the remarkable musical way in which Jeff's friends complement his accomplished acoustic work and clear, easy vocals. Best of all is Mark Satterfield's flighty flute and sumptuous sax. But that's not all. Every track has a different instrumental delight: cello, violin, harmonica, percussion, mandolin, banjo. (I can't believe I just appreciated the banjo!). Amazing still is that Jeff's kids provide the occasional backing vocal and it works, especially on the haunting "Holy Holy Holy." A real gem of a debut.
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