In Rainbows

A few days ago, I posted a lament on the lack of good, quality, well-made, Christian music and the response has been fantastic. In addition to getting tons of recommendations for new bands to check out, I was also contacted by the manager for a Christian band called “Lovelite”. The band is recording its first studio LP and they are very excited. Ricky Stewart(the manager) emailed me the band’s demo EP and I will be posting a more in-depth review very soon. In the meantime, check out the band site at http://www.lovelitemusic.com; you can read bio’s and listen to samples of their music. This is a “Christian” band in that they write songs which are meant to praise God, lift up believers, and reach out to non-Christians. But, they don’t fall into the typical trap of the “Christian Music” genre. They are, in fact, very talented musicians. They are very tight, musically speaking. Great melody and harmony. Give em a listen, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

However, the main purpose for this post is to hype the new Radiohead album, “In Rainbows”. I have never been a Radiohead fan… that is to say, I don’t know that I have ever been exposed to Radiohead before. I know very little about the band, but I can say without hesitation, “I’m hooked.” I have been listening to this album ALL DAY due to the “digital” release. The English rock band has posted a .zip file on the album website, appropriately inrainbows.com , which allows fans to download DRM-FREE MP3 FILES of the albums tracks for the reasonable price of, whatever you feel like giving!

edit: at this time (5pm PDT, on 10 October 2007) the website has been locked down and you can no longer access it without a login name and password

As a first-timer with Radiohead, I have nothing to compare it to, but this music is AWESOME.  You can be sure I will be going back and checking out the band’s earlier work.  I imagine this CD will be in my player (who am I kidding, the mp3’s will be on my PSP) for quite a while.

Check back for more on Lovelite, soon!

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4 Responses

  1. I too am also listening to the new album. I’ve been a somewhat avid Radiohead fan…and that is why all I can do is sigh at what could have been (for the last 4 albums or so…)

    Not to say it’s a bad album. It’s actually pretty good. And I highly recommend you check out their back catalog. But please, PLEASE, start off with “The Bends” and “OK Computer.” Alright? OH whatever, start wherever you want, haha (but “The Bends” and “OK Computer” would be excellent places to…randomly start off on).

    If I remember to, I think I’ll come back to check on your review of Lovelite (horrible name though no?)

  2. My last comment was made prematurely, obviously before I had a chance to properly assess.

    My opinion of the album has taken off since then (after about 40 total listens). Really, I can’t agree with you more now. It’s a remarkable album. My recommendations/suggestions still stand though. But “In Rainbows” is not a bad intro to Radiohead at all. It’s excellent.

  3. Just thought I would plug a band I am really enjoying. If you are still into the folk/rock/folk-rock/pop-folk-rock/singer-songwriter-thing at all check out Romantica. It is not necissarily “Christian” music but the members of the band are christians and my sister is friends with the drummer. The lead singer is Irish and has a very interesting accent. They are getting rave reviews and it is in my opinion good solid music. Check them out at http://www.romanticamusic.com. Make sure to listen to Queen of Hearts, The National Side, and Ixcatan. Later

  4. Jon–

    Thanks for the recommendation! Very cool music. I have come to realize there is a place for “Christian” music (praise and worship, etc) but mostly I just enjoy music that is good and uplifting… I don’t need my music to “preach” to me… usually!

    Good to hear from you, Brother

    SDG,
    Matty

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