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All Things Bright And Beautiful
Love And Affection
Northern Records
www.leebozeman.com


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 pathos.

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 monstrosity.

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.

-bishop

Track Listing:

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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