I'm somewhat forgetful. I also have this habit of lending thing to people. Thus, when I lose something, I can never be sure whether I left it somewhere or loaned it someone. Thank..well...God that I digitized The Musical Harts album I found in a junk shop in Goderich, Ontario, Canada before losing it.
Remember the whole Rev. Wright debacle during the election? In the middle of it, Wright made a speech talking about race and brought up the very apt point that in a 4/4 song most white people clap on 1 and the 3. Most black people clap on the 2 and 4. 1 and 3 = military march. 2 and 4 = soopah-freekeh.
And what about those poor souls who are Rick James trapped in the body John Phillip Sousa? What of those poor souls who, though no real fault of their own, cannot, let's say, externalize their soulfulness. What of The Musical Harts?
I'll admit that it took me a long time to understand that authentic reggae music was supposed to sound like everyone was stoned. It's same with the current trend in rap to almost aggressively stay on the very edges of the rhythm to the point of (my) annoyance. So, perhaps, I'm ignorant of the "style" of The Musical Harts and should keep my big trap shut.
But I don't think so.
This is an A for Effort album. Their love and their effort leap off the vinyl as well as their Model-A Ford execution. These folks are passionate about their music and about God. When they sing that "ain't no grave gonna hold my body down", it's a promise.
Download Feed Me Jesus - What can you say about a gospel song that starts like the Beatles "I Saw Her Standing There"?
Download He's My Rock, My Sword, My Shield - I can't help thinking that this song (and most of the others) are just badly synced.
Download Leave It There - And suddenly, the mystery of the Musical Harts becomes apparent when they rein it in for a gospel balled...in Swedish.
Download On the Wings of a Snow White Dove - Slow enough for plenty of guitar fills. Let's remember that Liz Phair is not a great singer, either.
Download Let's Go Forward - What can you say about a gospel song that starts like the Beatles "Day Tripper"? Seriously. What's the Fab Four Fixation?
Download Faith In The Fathers - I just find noodling, tinny, whiny guitar fills annoying.
Download Dreaming of a Little Cabin - Did the sound engineer just leave our the rhythm guitar on purpose?
Download There Ain't No Grave - I'm still not sure what tempo this song is supposed to be in. It's almost like musical vertigo.
Download Troublesome Waters - I remember hearing that, although she sang them like an angel, Pasty Cline hated ballads. This is the perfect song for The Musical Harts.
Download Stayed On Jesus - This is not. Although I'm slowly convincing myself that they were a lot better live than recorded.
Download Idle Hands - Seriously. Try clapping to this one. I dare you.
Download Dem Bones - Crank the volume. Listen to the bass lead. Listen the song completely change feel and tempo.
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