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HEAR IT FIRST ~ Carrie Newcomer - 'Kindred Spirits: A Collection'

by Kim Ruehl for

Album titles can be a funny thing. Sometimes artists go for something cryptic or pull a lyric from the center of one of the songs on the disc – a sentiment which seems to sum it up, but only if you listen closely. For her latest release, though, Carrie Newcomer has chosen to cut straight to the heart of the reason she makes music at all.

“When a song places its finger on the open palm of something true,” she says, “it shakes the world just a little bit. Why would I want to do anything else as a writer, or as a person? Part of my work as a writer is to put into language and music moments of wonder that have no words.”

Kindred Spirits: A Collection delves into the nuances of human commonality. It’s a spiritual album, to be sure, but without all the high-fallutin’ gospel praise anthems which tie together so many other spiritually-focused recordings. These songs speak for the depth of humanity which transcends anyone’s definition of “holy” or “secular”…or any other word, for that matter.

These are songs not about some unseen spiritual force in the air, but that which resides in each person, which moves each of us in the work we do. These are songs of the common bond between my spirit and yours, those between neighbors and others who may agree or disagree, as we all strive to improve the world around us.

On “I Believe,” for example, she sings, “I don’t know a single soul who didn’t get lost along the way.” Indeed, finding one’s self lost at one time or another is a universal human experience. The gumption we tap to find our way out is the spirit to which she attributes awakening.

On Kindred Spirits, Newcomer enlists the assistance of some like-minded friends – Krista Detor, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Ayaan Ali Khan – and includes a pair of brand new songs to please long-time fans. Take a listen for yourself, and be reminded that spirit is neither political nor divisive; but, rather, like music, is something which can keep us together.

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I've never heard her lovely. Such a nice clear voice. Lyrics touch your heart. Thanks for new exposure to some really nice music and heart-connecting lyrics.

Posted by Ms L on November 12, 2012

Nobody sings life better than Carrie. I have seen her many times and she never fails to please and I always leave inspired. This is a great collection of her awesome gift and contribution to a world of hope

Posted by Ron Miller on November 11, 2012

Wow really nice music. Makes me want to pick up my guitar!!

Posted by Rick Shiner on November 10, 2012

It hardly gets better than this. Carrie is gifted and blessed. She helps me see the world in a different way, and gives me hope. Thank you, Carrie!!!

Posted by Bill Mims on November 10, 2012

Carrie is a local heroine of mine. Her clear, lovely, poetry and gentle tunes are the perfect evocation of the real Midwest spirit. Which is a fancy way of saying I've been a fan for a while and this collection has gathered some of my most loved songs. Thanks for this album. I not only enjoyed it, I intend to share that enjoyment.

Posted by Dawn Frick on November 10, 2012

A nice collection of one of my favorite artists.

Posted by Lary Jones on November 09, 2012

Nice introduction to an artist I didn't know. I found the music very pretty.

Posted by Cathy Atkinson on November 09, 2012

Wow - never heard Carrie before! Love the truth expressed in "Bare to the Bone."

Posted by Tom on November 08, 2012

The whole album is wonderful. I especially liked "A Whole Lot of Hope". Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jen on November 08, 2012

Very nice - thank you Folk Alley!

Posted by Janet on November 07, 2012

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