The Welcome Wagon - Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices

Published Tuesday 26th February 2013
The Welcome Wagon - Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices
The Welcome Wagon - Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 132361-19774
LABEL: Asthmatic Kitty

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

starting like it fell off a CSNY album, this CD isn't your standard "married couple sing songs". Monique's voice is too Bjork-like for that and the chimes in the background (especially on "My God, My God Part 1") are very Sigur Ros. By contrast, Thomas' voice is more mainstream and is the stronger of the two. With slide guitar behind it, he's in old school country and western territory (check "Rice And Beans (But No Beans)" for a good example). The material is primarily hymnody but not as straight as that makes it sound, being occasionally more as Chris Martin of Coldplay might play it rather than your local organist. It's all very gentle and intimate and washes over you as a nice sunny day does, without anything particularly leaping out and grabbing you by the ears. Their website says they mainly play their living room, which makes sense of the material, really. It's OK, but not really meriting all the attention given the duo due to their Sufjan Stevens connections. Best track: "God Be With You Til We Meet Again".

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