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These Cold and Rusted Lungs
Artist: Amy Courts
Label: Indies 
Length: 10 tracks/ 44:36
Her first full length album, These Cold and Rusted Lungs , Amy Courts sounds frail, frustrated and vulnerable. She takes on massive subjects like love, heartbreak, personal demons, and the concept of a Holy yet still personal God. Whew. Talk about ominous! But she is up to her monumental, unsettling task. 

Undeniably sobering, it is an album about the constant struggles we face in this Christian life. You may not think so from the first song "Hold You Up,"  an unusual love song. Maybe the most loving of love songs. Selfless, responsible, accepting, understanding, it expresses the mature attitude that under all the bluster, we all are weak and she wants to help heal that in her husband.  Courts says,"What I find more and more is that instead of wanting to punish him for hurting me, I want to make his hurt go always. And that willingness to lift him up and mend him, which only God can produce in me, is the conduit to both our healing." Pretty eye opening message to wrap your heart around, isn't it?  That's just the opening song. Get ready for lots more.

Remember the song "Killing Me Softly?" (yeah it drove me crazy, too) "Drowning" hits that nail right on the head. How does Amy Courts knows all this about me? Apparently she has her thumb on an universal thing or two. The song is so gentle and touching with the strings floating over a single acoustic guitar. "It's everything I dread and yet its just inside my head, I ought to let it go."

"Liars," the first single, talks about dealing with the devil's threats. Courts is asking God for a little help explaining that she doesn't want to hear all the lies. With the descending guitar figure introduction, a very catchy, desperate chorus, this song has curiously mid-eastern flavor to its break. 

Everything loosens up a bit with the rocking "Shiver" where Courts, after being bent to nearly breaking throughout the rest of These Cold and Rusted Lungs stands up for herself. The nearly accapella  "O Holy God" is a lovely offering of praise, pray and love. 

Overall this is quite a weighty and unsettling album. It may be too much to take at one sitting just because of the that Court takes on these harrowing situations. However she does from where her hope flows and lets us know, too.

Bob Felberg

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