I just never learn. Whenever one of my favorite music-makers
returns to the scene with a new band, I always expect a new and improved
version of what left me in awe before. Even though I know they themselves
hate fans doing that, and it never is the same anyway.
God deliver me...
She is dancing with the Maker
Totally obvious in other lyrics is Mikee's living and breathing adventure with God, complete with repentance, pleas for help, a desire to encourage others, and a longing to be with the Lord. The line "If you don't know Him well you don't know me" from the first track is oh so true. It's the theme of the album.
I was a bit underwhelmed by the music, though. Those expectations reared their head again, and it was hard to overcome them. Tragedy Ann lacks the dynamic peaks and valleys and the dirtiness of Sometime Sunday, sticking closer to a more accessible post-grunge power rock style. The playing is fully skillful, though--nice guitar and bass tones, and stop-on-a-dime drumming. Classic and southern rock leads soar in the back of the mix. Several slow and meditative songs sneak in at the middle and end (beautiful tunes). The production isn't anything special, but it does the job. I definitely warmed up to the music as I listened to the album more, and eventually the music, vocals, and lyrics melted together and seeped into me. The good vibrations I got with Sometime Sunday soon came buzzing in my soul with Tragedy Ann too. They're just a good deal more subtle.
So give Tragedy Ann a chance if you're looking for some strong guitar-driven rock and a killer set of lungs exhaling songs of the Spirit. These are the kind of tunes I like to drive to, singing along to my Maker as I cruise ever closer....
By Josh Spencer