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Album Review

Sixpence None the Richer's very first release, The Fatherless & the Widow, hints at their later promise, particularly with Leigh (Bingham) Nash's light vocal touch. The songwriting leaves a bit to be desired, especially toward the middle of the album. "Field of Flowers" opens the album with a joyful, springy beat, and the second track, "Trust," is the high point of the album, with its catchy, sweetly beautiful tune and encouraging lyrics. "Falling Leaves," "Meaningless," and "Soul" show the growing up the band needs to do. There is a strange preoccupation with despair, and all the songs have an odd, driving beat despite their meditative lyrics, as if the band hasn't quite figured out how to slow down. "Trust (Reprise)" shows the future direction of the band, with its piano and string arrangement nicely framing Bingham's voice. This album is a nice effort, and, with "Trust," is a worthwhile investment for fans of the band, but will have little appeal for the casual listener.

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I love Sixpence None The Richer. All of their music is beautiful. It makes me feel a sense of happiness. :)

This album is great

This is (as far as I can tell) this bands first album, and for something from ’94, it is incredible. All songs are linked to the theme of the album and the songs individually display talent and skill. It’s a shame this band has never really been found for their other work. Simply put, this album is a no-brainer, buy it!


Formed: 1993 in Austin, TX

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Named in honor of a passage from C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, the Texas-based CCM band Sixpence None the Richer began taking shape in the early '90s, when guitarist Matt Slocum first met vocalist Leigh Nash (formerly Lee Bingham) at a church retreat. Initially a trio rounded out by bassist T.J. Behling, the group recorded a demo before signing with R.E.X. Records, a label that previously specialized in Christian metal. Their debut LP, The Fatherless & the Widow, appeared in 1993. With the addition...
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