I bought the new album by the Blind Boys of Alabama, named Atom Bomb, and I have to say that right now this may be one of the oddest and greatest gospel ever created. I don’t think I have been this swept away by an album since The Grand Pecking Order by Oysterhead or one of my all-time favorites, Nothing Personal by Delbert McClinton.
This isn’t your traditional gospel. This isn’t even your Rev. Al Green “I’m gonna sing about Jesus then sleep with the choir” gospel, either. Every song is different and unique. The title track, Atom Bomb, sounds like it was the product of a collaboration between God, Moby, and jingle writers. it is catchy, quick, great sounding, and has great lyrics:
You know now everybody’s worried
About that Atom Bomb.
No one seems worried,
About the Day my Lord shall come.
You better get your house in order
For he may be coming soon,
And he’ll hit like an atom bomb,
When he comes, when he comes.
And it just gets better- ‘Old Blind Barnabas’ has that same Moby feel, but with music that sounds like a funeral dirge if performed by a Southern rock band. You will love their remake of Blind Faith’s ‘Presence of the Lord,’ and their version of ‘Spirit in the Sky’ is a treat.
On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 27.
Also this weekend, I will have a review of the new Enron documentary called ‘Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.’
*** Update ***
This is why I love blogging- you learn from your readers. Apparently the title track, Atom Bomb, is itself a remake from 1948.