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In recent years, Sandra McCracken has shown a gift for revitalizing time-honored Christian hymns. She continues in this vein on In Feast or Fallow, an inspired reconsideration of traditional material framed by modern production. McCracken’s husband Derek Webb applies some of the adventuresome spirit he brought to his own Stockholm Syndrome album to these tracks, combining acoustic instrumentation with tasteful electronica touches. The effect is striking, especially on the propulsive, ELO-esque “Justice Will Roll Down” and the chiming, luminous “Bands of Angels.” McCracken’s singing and songwriting are the real drawing cards here, however. Her vocals on “Can’t Help Myself” (a confession of deep human need) and “Hidden Place” (a mother’s prayer) are vulnerable yet resolute, accented by her silvery upper range. Webb and singer/songwriter Thad Cockrell join Sandra on the inspirational title song. McCracken manages to capture the spirit of age-old texts while speaking eloquently in the idiom of today.

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Christ is my only comfort In Feast or Fallow!

McCracken, in collaboration with her producer and husband, Derek Webb, have done a great job of making a unified album built upon the title song In Feast or Fallow. The album tells a story like a good movie or book. That story reminds us that whatever life brings our way our only comfort in life or death is Christ. The album begins in prayer with Petition, centers on This is the Christ, and ends with Faith's Review and Expectation.

We've got enough modern worship that preaches man and not Christ. We need Christian musicians like Sandra McCracken who are committed to sharing these historic hymns in a fresh way. We need these hymns to teach theology, sing about the ups and the downs of life, and honor God alone.

This is a beautiful, must have, God-honoring, album. I look forward to hearing the hymns in our churches, small groups, and homes in years to come.

Beautiful, heartfelt

Another convincing record from a lifetime artist.

Like Water

This album is like water. It is refreshing, sustainable, and able to be used in many ways! Great work Sandra! Timeless song writing.


Born: June 16, 1977

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Sandra McCracken is a contemporary singer/songwriter who navigates among folk, religious, and adult alternative material. Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri and eventually relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, she pursued a career in music after graduating from Belmont University in the late '90s. McCracken made her recording debut in 2000 with the alternative folk album The Crucible, and subtly expanded her palette with electric guitars and fuller drums on 2001's Gypsy Flat Road and 2004's Best Laid...
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