Ambiance. That is the total definition I can apply to the album.
It is haunting, it is empty, it is somber and touching. Listening
to it lulls you into a melancholic state, hypnotized by the subtle
simplicity, and moved by a certain resonance you can find. It
is very easy to just loose yourself in the complete package.
All Things Bright And Beautiful is the dream of Lee
Bozeman, a refined and natural songwriter, whom you feel is
pouring out his heart on this album. Not that the album is sappy.
Far from it. It is a well-produced effort, which forces the listener
into an empathetic position, and causes deep reflection. There
are no tear-jerking lyrics, no heart-pains, just pure unadulterated
The base of the majority of the songs are a simple guitar line
sometimes mixed with an elegant piano, which clarifies the simplicity
involved. And contrary to what I may be alluding to above there
are a significant amount of upbeat songs. These last are carried
along by well though-out drum lines, which are a credit to the
overall structure, and add to the album sensation.
There is one minor flaw to the album as a whole: At the beginning
of the song "The Transfiguration (Parts I & II)"
there is a horrible, and I mean horrible, chanting-singing thing
that is done by a female vocalist. It is completely out of place,
strikes from left field, and has no benefit that I could determine,
other than just being different. Seriously, it sounds like he
either lost a bet and had to put it on there, or he is such a
nice guy that he couldn't say no to some friend who wanted to
be a part of the album. Either way this "Part I" is
like a huge unsightly blemish on an otherwise unmarred face of
an album. What really kills me is that the rest of the song ("Part
II"?) is really good and deserves to be separated from that
Despite that two minutes and fifteen seconds, the rest of the
album is priceless. All Things Bright And Beautiful have succeeded
in creating a masterpiece of ambiance, and moreover a crucial
blend of song craft between tracks. This makes the whole, a
nice sum of its parts.
1. The Dead Sea
2. Speaking In Tongues
3. Post-Modern Love
4. Attractive & Unattractive
5. The Transfiguration (Parts I & II)
6. Fresh, Fresher, Freshest
7. Third Trumpet. Fourth Trumpet Sounding
8. A Happiness
9. Make Me A Blessing
10. Wedding Feast Of The Lamb: First Movement
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