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On The Loudest Sound Ever Heard, The Choir asks tough spiritual questions and doesn't settle for easy, reassuring answers. The veteran Christian alt-rock unit delves into matters of faith, friendship, and mortality with clear-eyed compassion, surrounding singer Derri Daugherty’s high tenor vocals with pulsating washes of effects-laden guitars. Drummer Steve Hindalong’s lyrics both acknowledge the doubts of a committed believer and reaffirm faith in the ultimate power of love. Songs like “Cross That River,” “The Forest," and the title tune radiate a hard-won optimism, amid ambient and coolly shimmering textures. Fuzzed-out bass and a buoyant tempo set off “Takin’ the Universe,” a joyful love ode that glows with the colors of a psychedelic Song of Solomon. Daugherty duets with Sixpence None the Richer’s Leigh Nash on “After All,” a hauntingly atmospheric track that invokes the grandeur of vast starry skies. As has been its wont for more than a quarter-century, The Choir displays an honesty and humanity in its music that makes cosmic-scale themes seem like personal confessions.

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Lucky 13 - The Loudest Sound

The Choir is not an aging band. Yes, they've been together for more than 23 years, released 13 studio albums and countless tours. This is about the time that bands will play it safe and begin to fade creatively. Steve Hindalong and Derri Daughterty didn't get the memo; The Choir has managed to grow younger and more vibrant with each release. "The Loudest Sound Ever Heard" is no exception. Great singwriting, interesting choices, new sonic textures and an adventurous spirit throughout. It seems lighter than "Midnight Sun" even though its themes are heavier. There is literally no difference between the vitality of previous albums (Circle Slide, Chase The Kangaroo, Speckled Bird) and The Choir of 2012. That in itself is a wondrous thing. I'm glad to see them not only still releasing music, but still releasing their best album yet. This is an album not just to listen to absentmindedly, but it rewards the diligent. It's an album to live with for a while as it illumines everyday life. In short, it's not just music released for the sake of releasing another CD, it MEANS something. If you have never heard The Choir, this album is a great intro. If, like me, you have followed their journey and valued their creative output, this album will be to you a thing of unspeakable joy. Just buy it already.

A monkey could recognize the brilliance here

This is an incredible album. I believe it may be their best ever. I've been a fan for a long time, and they really knocked it out of the park with this one. Monkey's of the world unite.....this is awesome!

What is The Loudest Sound Ever Heard?

Leigh Nash from Sixpence None The Richer makes a guest appearance on the song "After All" in the form of a duet with The Choir's lead singer, Derri Daugherty. This sparse, whimsical and hypnotic track is enhanced with Matt Slocum's (also from Sixpence) emotive cello arrangements and Dan's Lyricon (electronic wind) lines. This song simply needs to be featured in a film some day - just remarkable.
The Choir continues to make their renowned atmospheric music married to lyrics stirred by life’s inspirational lessons in the context of real relationships - love, despair, light, dark, hope, and recovery.
Other key tracks - "Cross That River" is epic in both production, well crafted sonics and in length...this song warranted being over 6 minutes long!
“Takin’ The Universe In” is set to a quirky beat and hook, married with some very creative love song lyrics.
Drive around this summer with the top down on your convertible if you have one and listen to “The Forest” loudly!
Very worth the investment.
If this were a Fandango review, I’d give it a "Must Go"


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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