The Sunrise - Spread The Word
James and Rebecca Mileti are The Sunrise, a couple from Cleveland, Ohio who are single- (double-) handedly bringing Jesus back with Spread The Word, a 70s-inspired musical stroll through Christianity's most important lessons. Influenced by artists of the Jesus music era such as Phil Keaggy, Nancy Honeytree and Andrae Crouch, their contribution is made up of various colours of the Californian folk-rock fabric and full of hope.
The harmonies are warming and homely, and as you listen you feel like you're sat in the sunshine on a porch somewhere - mum's got a guitar out, you and your siblings are singing, dad is humming vaguely from a hammock with his hat pulled down over his face and the dog is watching with an inane grin and a wagging tail. Comfortable, sun-shiney.
Where Spread The Word earns big brownie points for listenability and uplifting peacefulness, it also loses them in lack of amp. The key for music of particular orientation, so to speak, is crossover value - so that even if you cross paths with a folk-rock fan who happens to be Catholic, or anything else at all, they don't feel alienated. As it stands, The Sunrise have made a very safe, very insular album that doesn't allow any room for excess passion or interpretation that gets it's message across efficiently but doesn't do it with much feeling. Very P.C., very kid-friendly, but not much to offer a discerning music fan, Christian or otherwise.
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