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"Ghosts Upon The Earth", Gungor - Review & Giveaway!

"Ghosts Upon The Earth", Gungor - Review & Giveaway!

By Admin on September 21, 2011

Grammy-nominated group Gungor has taken another step in their artistry as they release their latest masterpiece, Ghosts Upon The Earth. This album is not a departure from their previous release Beautiful Things, but seems to extend both the musical reach of their instrumentation choices and musicianship with the giftedness of each member of the Gungor collective. In addition to their core members, they also feature a boys choir, strings ensemble and trade off solo performances by Michael and Lisa.

This album is not a collection of songs, but rather an Odyssey with most purposeful absolute. From the opening musical confusion of off-time instrumentation in "Let There Be" to the ending track "Every Breath" subtly starting with their daughter's heartbeat later melodically led by a lullaby style xylophone and falsetto vocal from Michael. This album makes you feel as if you have experienced the wonder and mystery of creation.

Throughout the album, it is abundantly clear that the songs are testifying to God's goodness and that He is "everything" to them. It's equally evident that both the lyrical and musical elements of each piece reflects a specific message of testimony to God or revelation about God. Not one piece of music lacks purpose in the story that unfolds throughout. The opening track "Let There Be" retells poetically the story of creation from chaos to life whereas the fourth song "The Fall" talks more about how amazing it is that God chooses to forgive us for all of our failures and shortcomings.

Another stand out track and most interesting departure from the seriousness of the deep and poetic style of the album is "You Are the Beauty". This is a fun track full of foot stomping country bluegrass at the beginning, but still maintains strong lyrical content. It finishes by transitioning into ghostly background vocals with a twist at the end with an instrumental section which in my opinion finally exposes Michael as one of the best guitar players around today.

Although Gungor has written their music with their home church in mind and never for a top 40 chart, they have been embraced by many because of their real, transparent and unique ability to communicate their faith. I believe this latest release Ghosts Upon The Earth is a worshipful, heart-changing and thought-provoking album that deserves to be listened to in its entirety.

To enter to win a copy of this album, simply leave a comment on this post. Deadline is 9/27 (Tue). Check back after the deadline to see if you were one of the 2 random winners. You must be a U.S. or Canada resident and at least 18 years old to be eligible.

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