February 25, 2010
Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare and Otherworldly African-American Gospel is a new three-CD set that explores the diversity of postwar gospel music. Across 80 songs spanning six decades, the collection ranges from scratchy field recordings to intricate vocal harmonies to snappy adaptations of rock ‘n’ roll rhythms. The different styles of gospel are also at the heart of Born Again Funk, the latest installment in the Good God! series which highlights gospel’s collision with funk music of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
I’m as secular as they come but you don’t have to be a true believer to appreciate the idea of an inspirational Holy Ghost, living through music. Communing with some greater force, regardless of theological bent, is something music lovers seek every day. Gospel, in particular, can convey the emotional weight of its passions with a naked rawness.
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