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Customer Reviews

An Intimate Foretaste

I feel inclined to write a couple correlations that come to mind about this album's cover and the Cd's content, so I will. Firstly, the point of view captures the immensity and complexity of an Intrcate Designer. It's like looking up at a mythological skycraper. This complexity and vastness resounds as the first two songs pose in their titles and subsequent refrains, Mercy and Grace. Secondly, the structure (whatever it may be) is devoid of color. Sandra McCracken has taken a step back from the production of her previous album and utliized acoustic accompaniament in its place. She even excercises gritty tones in her voice as if it were the charcoal of her black and white sketch. Overall this is a keeper. I have been listening to it for the last two years and, like a good friend you can always turn to it for some good conversation.

One of the best records I own

After having lived with this record for a couple of years, I can say that it is one of my favorites. I don't even generally like worship records, but this one is outstanding in terms of the quality of the lyrics and the performances. Many of the songs are rewrites of old hymn texts, and the arrangements are simple but effective. Oh, and the triangle part on "The Love of Christ Is Rich and Free" totally rocks (I'm serious).

Worth every penny...

I saw Sandra McCraken at a Derek Webb concert and was blown away. Her lyrics are like her voice: subtle yet piercing, flowing yet powerful. Abiding City and Chattanooga are two of the MANY amazing songs.


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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