Skip to site content

Music Reviews

For many in the packed audience for the Neal Morse Band’s April 6 concert in Birmingham, England, the fact that Neal’s one of the leaders of the nonconformist City on a Hill Church in Nashville will be almost completely unknown. Another name unknown to most of them is that of Kerry Livgren, who is a […] Read More

‘Save the Day’

The title song opens the collection by juxtaposing elaborate pleasures with simple ones. It comes closer to rock-and-roll than any other selection on the album and grabs the attention of the listener, alerting us to the significance of the word “day,” which appears at least once in ten of the twelve songs. Even when style […] Read More

It has been almost 35 years since Bruce Springsteen’s first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., first appeared in January 1973, and his music has been one of my most enduring companions in the journey from teenager to middle-aged adult. His newest album, Magic, appeared last week amid the kind of political divide that seems […] Read More

Kate Campbell’s latest CD, For the Living of These Days, sets a rigorous standard for itself by opening with Woody Guthrie’s “Jesus Christ.” It is a challenge for a self-identified gospel album to maintain direct contact with the harsh realities of life, and avoid drifting off into pie-in-the-sky denial of popular American religion. Guthrie’s “Jesus […] Read More

The Dixie Chicks deserve applause from America’s new moral majority–those who said the war against Iraq failed to pass the time-honored code of just war theory and those 56 percent who now say the war was the wrong thing to do. Their chart-topping album, Taking the Long Way, which sold over 500,000 copies last week, […] Read More

The animated feature “Curious George” opened last weekend to positive reviews and about $15 million in box office revenue. It also sports a terrific soundtrack of (mostly) original songs by Hawaii native Jack Johnson. Johnson’s folk-pop style features sweet lyrics and simple charms. Children and adults will find much to appreciate in both musicality and […] Read More

U2 continued its sold out, worldwide “Vertigo Tour” in Dallas this past Saturday. Once again the biggest band on the planet proved that its unforgettable fire still has considerable heat, as well as light. Frontman Bono, along with bandmates guitarist The Edge, drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. and bassist Adam Clayton, showed that even though it’s […] Read More

On the insert of Kate Campbell’s new album, Blues and Lamentations, the lyrics and other written information are arranged in a pattern that reminds me of a labyrinth, or at least half of one. Labyrinths became tools for spiritual exploration in the Christian tradition during the Middle Ages. Whether laid out in stone, woven in […] Read More

Before beginning my day of teaching on the morning of Nov. 23, I did something many folks might not expect a minister and theologian to do. I drove to the nearest music store and bought the latest CD by the world’s most popular rock group—U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb—on its release day. In […] Read More

Today is a banner day in the professional life of singer-songwriter Kate Campbell: Three new albums will hit stores. The Portable Kate Campbell, Sing Me Out and Songs From the Levee are the latest works from the Nashville-based musician. The latter is a re-issue of her 1995 debut album, whereas the first two contain new […] Read More