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ronspin Today these spirituals have been mostly forgotten or regarded as quaint historical artifacts. Hearing them in an extreme Avant garde context cracked my psyche to allow their power to penetrate my soul. Hallelujah! Favorite track: Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child.
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Great Day 05:05
Oh Freedom 04:43
Amen 05:22


For their 13th album and in their 25th year together, post-punk, art-rock pioneers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic do a 180 degree musical swerve and link up with bass-baritone vocalists Oral Moses, one of the preeminent African-American performers of traditional spirituals. The band demolish all preconceptions about themselves by presenting a program of heavily rearranged, well known African-American spirituals and 19th century art songs. The blend of Birdsongs' cutting-edge instrumentation with the strength and majesty of Moses' voice creates a very unorthodox yet deeply moving sound, which The Noise called, "Totally sublime and deeply moving." This collaboration represents a new experiment from all parties - something of a meeting at the crossroads between two creative parties passing in very different directions. Together they bring these centuries-old songs kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

"These aren't just African-American songs - these are American songs."
- Oral Moses.

"This CD is one of the coolest things I've ever heard. I'm a big fan of choral music and spirituals, and Oral Moses has an incredible voice. Fascinatingly unique settings -- aptly titled! I'm sure this is going to be a favorite."
- Paul Erdman



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