16 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With thunderous riffs and expansive vocals, Sent by Ravens forge a compelling alloy of heavy post-grunge rock. On their debut album the Columbia, South Carolina-based quintet delivers its message of unity and salvation with an unrelenting twin-guitar assault. Zach Riner is an unusually expressive singer, versatile enough to shift from clear-toned vocalizing to throat-shredding eruptions, sometimes within the same tune. Relentlessly churning tracks like “New Fire” and “Trailer vs. Tornado” temper raw brutality with unexpected finesse. Riner and his bandmates channel their sonic rage into confessions of weakness and doubt, as in “An Honest Heart” and “This Awakening.” Worthy of special attention is the reverent “Salt and the Light,” a yearning rock ballad. As producers, Aaron Sprinkle and Emery guitarist Matt Carter emphasize both melody and muscle in these tracks, keeping things direct and uncluttered. For all of its hard edges, Our Graceful Words is an album filled with empathy and forgiveness, tender at its seething core.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With thunderous riffs and expansive vocals, Sent by Ravens forge a compelling alloy of heavy post-grunge rock. On their debut album the Columbia, South Carolina-based quintet delivers its message of unity and salvation with an unrelenting twin-guitar assault. Zach Riner is an unusually expressive singer, versatile enough to shift from clear-toned vocalizing to throat-shredding eruptions, sometimes within the same tune. Relentlessly churning tracks like “New Fire” and “Trailer vs. Tornado” temper raw brutality with unexpected finesse. Riner and his bandmates channel their sonic rage into confessions of weakness and doubt, as in “An Honest Heart” and “This Awakening.” Worthy of special attention is the reverent “Salt and the Light,” a yearning rock ballad. As producers, Aaron Sprinkle and Emery guitarist Matt Carter emphasize both melody and muscle in these tracks, keeping things direct and uncluttered. For all of its hard edges, Our Graceful Words is an album filled with empathy and forgiveness, tender at its seething core.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
13 Ratings
13 Ratings
chiknfulio ,

Maggot Brain

This is a good album just for songs you don't have. A correction must be made. The last song which is a live version of Maggot Brain is indeed Eddie Hazel, not Michael Hampton. That track is from the 1971 live album. The track is orriginally 14 + minutes, but this one has been condensed to save space

ssjesus1 ,

Finest

Fantastic record but wrong album review for the wrong album.

Sir Mr. D ,

"Finest"

The track list is flawless, but the album choices that these tracks were taken from, makes this collection subpar. For example "Funky Dollar Bill" (track 3) was taken from the "Music For Your Mother" compilation of rare 45s. There is a noticeable flaw in the vocal portion of the bridge in this track. If the same song had been taken from the original album ("Free Your Mind…And Your As Will Follow") it would have been a far more enjoyable listen(static and distortion free). The track that follows is "I Wanna Know If It's Good To You" from the same album and although the original album version is some what lengthier (6:01) than the one presented here, once again I have to say, it would come closer to showing Funkadelic's real strength as musicians and in doing so, would come closer to living up to title "Finest". As a matter of fact the same could be said for "A Joyful Process"….the 6:17 version ( from the album "America Eats It's Young" ) being far superior to the edited version that made it to this collection. Last but not least "Maggot Brain" which is the ultimate instrumental Funkadelic guitar, jam is always an excellent choice for any compilation and understandibly is far too long far this album, the compiler could have let this jam fade out, instead of cutting it off as if it were on a reel to reel, and the tape ran out! Once again, excellent choice of selections, very poor choice of album sources.

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