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Get Well

  • reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2004 1 Aug
Get Well
Sounds like … the indie art rock of Denison Marrs, Sigur Ros, Sunny Day Real Estate, and RadioheadAt a glance … occasionally a little too cryptic and certainly not for all tastes, but They Sang as They Slew's debut is definitely good for fans of passionate art rockTrack ListingHer Left Hand Rocks the CradleHer Right Hand Rules the WorldI Can See with My Eyes ClosedDeath in the CityBleeding to DeathPalace ArmsOne Day I Woke UpGet Well10,000 CandlesIt Goes On

There's not much to tell concerning the history of this oddly named band from Georgia. Back in the late '90s, four guys got together in their free time to play their favorite music, eventually forming They Sang as They Slew. All the members are Christians, passionate about not separating the secular from the sacred in their music. And that much is reasonably evident on their impressive debut Get Well.

The band's sound is best described as alternative, in the truest sense of the term. Start with an indie rock base, add some dreamy pop, and top it off with a touch of emo—like Denison Marrs and Sunny Day Real Estate meets Radiohead and Sigur Ros. It's a fairly experimental sound that will be an acquired taste for many, but what a pleasure to hear a band inspired by Christianity create music that easily competes with similar sounding mainstream acts.

TSATS, like many indie acts, is occasionally a little too cryptic and unusual for its own good. Get Well begins with a lengthy soundscape preceding the first song that probably should have been broken out into its own track. And there are a few songs that will leave listeners scratching their heads as they ponder the meaning.

Things begin to take shape with the sharp rocking "I Can See with My Eyes Closed," expressing longing to "stare into the light without blinking" and "see us in the white robes." The emo-flavored "Death in the City" is a clear-cut petition for soul restoration, as is the uplifting title track and the soaring standout "Palace Arms," which blatantly pleads "Jesus, save me for a love that's better." This is definitely a good one for fans of passionate art rock.