Sarah Macintosh

The Waiters, The Watchers, The Listeners, The Keepers & Me

 

My #4 Album

of 2008

Released

in 2008 on

Koch

Records

    The 1999 debut album by Chasing Furies, With Abandon, released on Sparrow Records, was one of my favorites of that year.  It is a classic that still stands out as something unique and artistic.

    After that album, Chasing Furies broke up and nothing more was heard from any of the brother-sister team for a long time.  Then in 2008, I discovered on ChristianityToday.com that Sarah Macintosh, who wrote all but two of the songs on With Abandon, had a new solo album out!  As you can see, I bought it.

     Both musically and lyrically, Sarah’s solo album does not consist of the deeply artistic, unusual creativity of the Chasing Furies album.  However, at least in the case of the lyrics, this makes the album more accessible.  Sometimes the lyrics on the Chasing Furies album were hard to grasp the meaning of.  The lyrics on this album are much more direct, some of them even being straightforward worship lyrics.

     The music is based in acoustic and electrtic guitars, but with substantial production.  However, the production is perfectly appropriate to create the sound that is clearly hers.  There is also quite a bit of layering of her voice, keeping the same general sound of the Chasing Furies album, except at times with a bit of a more earthy flavor.

Sarah Macintosh first appeared with the brother/sister trio Chasing Furies -- Sarah, Rachel, and Joshua Meeker.  Born and raised in Texas, her grandfather was a Southern Baptist pastor and her father was a worship leader.

COMPLAINT TO KOCH RECORDS

I have several albums from Koch Records and all of them are released in DIGI-PAK form.  This is where the album artwork is on glossy paper, with the only plastic being the part that holds the CD.  I HATE DIGI-PAKS because the album artwork can be too easily damaged.  On a regular CD, the album artwork is secure inside a plastic case.  If the case gets damaged (which often happens to me), the album artwork can be put into a new case and it looks like new again.  With digi-paks, if the artwork gets worn from rubbing against other things, or something spilled on it, or bent or something like that, there’s nothing you can do.  My message to Koch Records, loud and clear is:

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR DIGI-PAKS!!!!   Please make your albums available in traditional CD packaging!

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     Most of the year, I prefer electronic sounds, but something about autumn--the falling leaves, the dusty smell--makes a more earthy, acoustic sound inviting to me during October and November.  This album is a perfect fit for that season, and I played this like crazy all through autumn of 2008. 

     While at first the album seems to be a rather typical acoustic/electric guitar sound, in the vein of, say, Bethany Dillon or Sarah Kelly, for me what separates her from the others is the vocal tracks, scales, and chords.  The best example of this is “Keep Watch Over Me,” which has some hauntingly beautiful ethereal scales backing up the main melody.  “Stop Stop” is another good example of this sound that makes this music uniquely Sarah Macintosh.

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    As I mentioned above, the lyrics on this album are mostly pretty straightforward, with many of them being vertically-focused songs, including being directly worshipful, such as “Be Glorified” and “Father.”  The song “Too Much” is taken from Psalm 139 (“Investigate my life; I’m an open book to you”), and “Keep Watch Over Me” is taken from Psalm 25.  The song “My Jesus” is a one of testimony, as well as a self-reminder:  “There is nothing small about my Jesus; He is powerful, His works are wondrous.”  “Pick Up Your Cross” exhorts fellow believers as well as turns inward:  “For there is hope under His blood that is covering me.” 

     I had worn out all my previous autumn favorites by Sarah Masen, Clear, Jill Phillips, Caedmon’s Call, and others, so I was very happy to find a new album in 2008 for my autumn music collection.  I was also happy to find new material from a Chasing Furies bandmember.  This album has been one to remind me of God’s goodness, His power, and our connection with Him.

Links to more on Sarah Macintosh:

  1. Bullet This review is how I found out about this album: ChristianityToday.com

  2. BulletHere is the blurb written about this album at the Koch Records website:  Sarah Macintosh

  3. Bullet Her MySpace page

  4. Bullet Her Twitter page

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