American Angels @ WDFPL

Reviewed by Lynn Hoffman













What a wonderful CD to have in our collection, especially now that we are fortunate to have the Smithsonian’s New Harmonies exhibit in our library.  This exhibit traces our American musical heritage known as ‘roots music.’ The American Angels CD highlights one aspect of that music, namely Anglo-American spiritual vocals. On the CD, four women with amazing voices, sing songs of hope, Redemption and glory dating from the American Revolution to the late 1800’s. Their voices have a crystal clear tone that lends itself well to this type of music.  Many of the songs are recognizable gospel
songs such as Sweet, By and By, We Shall Gather, By the River and Amazing Grace. Also included on the CD are folk hymns, camp revival songs and psalm setting songs.

Along with the CD comes a booklet that gives a short, but excellent history of early colonial spiritual music.  It explains the traditions which began in rural New England and then later migrated to the rural South.

I enjoyed this CD very much.Not only are the songs inspirational but one also gets to experience a snippet of our great American musical history.

This review is posting in conjunction with the Museum on Main Street initiative.

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