innocence and despair
"Listening to 60 kids sing in a gymnasium might not be the average music fan's cup of tea, but those who give this little treasure a chance will be forever changed..." --Pop Matters
Recorded in the mid-70's by Western Canadian elementary schoolkids, Innocence & Despair is one of 2001's few releases that I still listen to regularly. If you can overlook some cringe-worthy musical moments (an out of place cymbal crash here, a vocal note that was just out of reach there), you're in for a sometimes funny, often sad and haunting, and always disarming, listen.
- The Langley Schools Music Project Rhiannon mp3
- The Langley Schools Music Project Desperado mp3
Download Innocence and Despair at emusic; other recommended tracks include "Space Oddity", "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft", "The Long and Winding Road", "Good Vibrations", "God Only Knows"
As I mentioned briefly last week, eMusic's no-strings 50 Free Download Trial comes to an end this month, and since they are one of our sponsors, I thought I'd point out some of the excellent new releases that can be had with your trial offer:
Beirut Gulag Orkestar
Sunset Rubdown Shut Up, I Am Dreaming
Jolie Holland Springtime Can Kill You