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Burning Like the Midnight Sun continues in the atmospheric post-punk vein that the Choir has made its own for 25 years. Derri Daugherty remains a uniquely evocative singer, bringing a spacey sort of tenderness to Steve Hindalong’s spiritually informed lyrics. In these tracks, the band deals with themes of loss and acceptance, offering salutes to departed comrades (“A Friend So Kind”) and solace to young romantics (“That Melancholy Ghost”). The band draws upon its road experiences for the ominous “Mr. Chandler” and the wistful “I’m Sorry I Laughed.” More explicitly spiritual is “The Word Inside the Word” (an upbeat message of compassion) and “It Should Have Been Obvious” (an unsparing look at religious blindness). The band’s blend of harsh and gentle textures comes together in “Say Goodbye To Neverland,” an eerie ode to lost innocence. As always, the Choir’s subtle layering of effects-laden guitars, pulsating percussion and moody saxophones achieves a gorgeous shimmer.

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Burning Like The Midnight Sun is arguably The Choir best album

There will be many that can't let go the times they were going through when they discovered Circle Slide and Chase The Kangaroo. For good and legit reasons to be sure. They will be the most difficult to have the patience to judge this as its own work and worthy of its new role of being the best of the dozen they've offered. But the guys were brilliant and really referenced back to the classic choir sounds, melodies and lyrics that allowed them to endure and keep creating while others called it a day. The blend of guitars and the random sax/lyricon combo is remarkable. Derri's voice never sounded more romantic and is full of dynamic range. That the words "chemical fire" was fit into the lyric of the opening track so brilliantly that it sets the tone on how Steve's lyrics are at a whole new level on this album. Tim Chandler on bass - that's enough, right? You must understand that you will be hearing something different and remarkable with Tim playing. Ok, Marc Byrd - the artist of soundscapes and tone with his ambient guitar work fleshes out the beauty on Burning Like The Midnight Sun. After listening to this album, you realize they reached back into the past to pull the best of the cool that was Chase The Kangaroo, Speckled BIrd and Circle Slide - even some D&R and WEW...but didn't rehash anything. This sounds like the Choir in 2010. Thumbs way up.

Unmistakably Choir

I love it when well-seasoned bands maintain the core of their sound, even through genre shifts and the passing of time. These guys have gone on to work on several different projects, as musicians and as producers - and they come back together evolved from their experiences. This was very apparent on O How The Mighty Have Fallen. There were new soundscapes with the addition of Marc Byrd, and the weight of their life experiences became the new sound, but you still knew it was The Choir.

Burning Like The Midnight Sun is the next evolution in this journey, and you hear a new direction in the soundscape. The thing I like about this album is that there is an intentional message of Love, friendship, and appreciation, not only in the words, but in the music. I definitely dig Dan Michaels' saxophone work on this album, and I'm usually not a fan of saxophone. Marc Byrd's guitar contributions are stellar and spacious. Chandler's bass lines follow a tradition of alterna-awesomeness with pulsing drive reminiscent of Adam Clayton. Hindalong's production style always lends to a punchy, clear sound. Hindalong's drum performance is also incredible, although at times I wish he'd play in the groove/pocket just a little more. Derri's brilliant vocals and guitar work have an intentional and unashamed style that is his, along with a persistent Post Punk/New Wave influence. A big "Yes" to that.

This album is spot on, buy it now. NOW, people!;)

Another great CD

Been a fan of The Choir since the late 80's and have many tunes from Diamonds and Rain, Circle Slide and Chase the Kangaroo at the top of my play list on the ipod. The thing I like about The Choir is the heart and soul that goes into each song - in addition to the excellent music. This CD is another quality release and I am confident will contiue to be played over and over for years to come. The classic sounds are there from years past and some amazing lyrics. Looking forward to learning of the inspiration behind the different songs. Really like the bass and lyricon on the album as well. Great job on the new album - keep them coming and I plan to continue to buy each one as in the previous 20 years.


Formed: 1984 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their origins in Orange County, California, and their current incarnation based out of Nashville, Tennessee, atmospheric alt-rock outfit the Choir have undergone their fair share of changes throughout their long career. Formed in 1984 under the moniker Youth Choir, and built around the distinctive playing of guitarist and vocalist Derri Daugherty, the evocative lyrics of drummer Steve Hindalong, and the inventive, ambient post-rock flourishes of guitar player Marc Byrd, rounded out by saxophone...
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