Thursday, August 29, 2013

RECORD REVIEW: Sara Groves "The Collection"

SARA GROVES
The Collection
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Sara Groves is an alien.
She doesn't even
possess human DNA.
In fact, she once cut
herself on an iceberg
while feeding the
disenfranchised in
Antarctica — and she 
bled honey. Her music 
is mighty sweet too.
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There's no shortage of  flowery online adjectives used to describe the music of singer and songwriter, Sara Groves — "soothing," "gentle," "searing," "poignant," "thought-provoking" and my personal favorite endorsement, "an immense flow of emotion." While all of these well-deserved glowing words of praise are certainly warm and fuzzy, they're hardly compelling pitches — that is, unless you're hocking feminine hygiene products. So allow me to step up to the mic and cut to the chase: Attention K-Mart shoppers — Sara Groves kicks ass!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I'll also confess that I don't know for sure that I'd even be alive today had I not accidentally discovered Sara Groves back in 2010. I recount how I connected to her music and the subsequent impact that it has had on my life in my book, C'MON! - My Story of Rock, Ruin and Revelation. Suffice to say — I am a fan.

SARA GROVES
Often referred to (by me) as the female Brian Wilson, my fellow Springfield, Missouri native currently is revving up to commemorate her spectacular 15-year career with a monstrous retrospective entitled, The Collection.

Culled from her first ten studio albums, The Collection features 23 Groves classics including, "The Word" (Conversations / 2000), "When the Saints" (Tell Me What You Know / 2007), "Fireflies and Songs" (Fireflies and Songs / 2009) and "Eyes on the Prize" (Invisible Empire / 2011). In addition to the slew of much-loved gems, this two-disc set also features four previously unreleased tracks: "Strangely Ready," "Blessed be the Tie," "Kindness of Strangers" and "Lay it Down" — a folksy, heartfelt, violin-drenched ditty that stands up nicely among her all-time best songs.

SARA GROVES The Collection - Coming 9.17.13
(Buy it HERE NOW from Sara's official website)
As a writer, I've learned that the most effective means of communicating is not "telling" your audience, but rather "showing" them. This also holds true in music and ministry. And in that regard,  Groves "shows" Jesus better than anyone.

Through riveting stories of compelling characters combined with personal lyrics and infectious melodies, Groves skillfully and eloquently addresses everyone's cornerstone passions — life, love, family and faith. And although I personally would have rounded up this bag of aural treasures to an even 30 by including "Less Like Scars," "Conversations" and "Love is Still a Worthy Cause," The Collection serves as a compelling and comprehensive time capsule for a prolific artist whose music truly is out of this world.

-Christopher Long
(August 2013)


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