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  • Reviewed by Joel Hartse Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2009 11 Aug
Style:Squonky indie rock psalms; compare to Danielson Famile, Sonic Youth, Deerhoof Top tracks: "[aleph] let the dead bury their dead, you go preach the kingdom of God," "[waw] screaming lobster," "[kaph] ahasuerus jig"

In a nutshell:After the band's trifecta of mind-blowing, outré hip-hop records in the late '90s, 1960 is a return to the rambling rock jams Glen Galloway first made on 1950. 1960, the band's 11th release is based entirely on Psalm 119. Unlike the solo 1959 (23 tracks, 23 psalms), 1960 is a full-band effort—drums, keys, guitars, cello, and polished production. The songs twist and turn, sometimes into math-rock territory, sometimes nearing Sonic Youth-style indie rock ("Screaming Lobster"), and occasionally a sea shanty ("Ahaseurus Jig"). Galloway's voice remains rich and chameleonic; from lamentations to celebrations, he sings this psalm—the theme of which is obedience to and love of the word of God—with conviction.

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