Joe Zambon - Sleeper, Rise

Published Tuesday 7th April 2015
Joe Zambon - Sleeper, Rise
Joe Zambon - Sleeper, Rise

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 151076-22063
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Digital Only Album

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

This Canadian singer/songwriter creates a rootsy sound that explores the human condition in a beautiful, heartfelt fashion that melts the heart as you listen to it. 'Sleeper, Rise' deals with human struggles and weakness in all its forms and yet the songs mix honesty and hope. For example, "Take Me To A New Place" is an acoustic prayer, pleading for a fresh start with the refrain "give me something worth living for". "Not That Different" has a musical scope that moves from the ethereal to pounding insistence within one song but underpins a plaintive vocal that explores relationship break up. "Trouble" reminds me of a plantation blues whilst the whole set ends with the beautiful "Forgive And Let Go" which acts as a coda and a step towards healing after songs of heartbreak and struggle. Amongst the challenges, Zambon points us to the God who restores and heals, always leaving us a chink of light for us to discover in the darkness.

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