10 Songs, 34 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings
9 Ratings

Oh my, thank you!


This pre-release track, Green Bus, bodes very well for the latest IM album in 3 years since “Hello I Feel the Same”. The only thing more gentle than her exquisite guitar playing in this song is, of course, Karen Peris’ voice, signing of love at a distance and up very close. There is an accompanying animation Karen made to the song as well. The rest of the album is slated for a June 29 US release. This song will be played on repeat until then!

A Thing of Beauty

Folk Guy

This is absolutely one of the most beautiful albums I have heard in years. Truly a thing of beauty from a group worthy of selling millions, but will continue to fly under the radar.

More of the same 'meh'


Here we are again. Another album that sounds like the previous several albums. Meaning- 2 or 3 good songs, the rest utterly forgettable. Mumbled vocals , clunky piano, and barely strummed guitar are the requisite for an Innocence Mission album, I guess. This husband and wife duo are certainly capable of some truly stunning music- but, alas, it is few and far between. It's disheartening that so much of their catalogue is interchangible.

I know the NPR pseudo-intellectuals and coffee house crowd will eat this up. But for the rest of us, Innocence Mission is maddeningly frustrating.

About The Innocence Mission

Centered around the husband-and-wife songwriting team of Don Peris (vocals, guitar) and Karen Peris (vocals, guitar, piano), Lancaster, Pennsylvania natives the Innocence Mission crafted a tasteful, politically correct brand of collegiate folk-pop similar to Sarah McLachlan or 10,000 Maniacs (in fact, the Perises appeared on Natalie Merchant's 1998 album Ophelia). With a rhythm section composed of bassist Mike Bitts and drummer Steve Brown, the Innocence Mission released their eponymous debut album in 1989; Umbrella followed in 1991. Thanks to the advent of the adult alternative radio format, the Innocence Mission were able to break out to a wider audience with the release of their third album, 1995's Glow; material from the album appeared on the soundtrack of the film Empire Records and on the television show Party of Five.

The Innocence Mission remained quiet for several years, as the Perises made guest appearances on albums by Merchant, John Hiatt, and Joni Mitchell. Don also put out four solo efforts, beginning with 2001's Ten Silver Slide Trombones. The arrival of the Perises first child greatly informed the group's fourth album, 1999's Birds of My Neighborhood, which witnessed the departure of drummer Brown, leaving the group officially a three-piece. The following year, the Innocence Mission released a limited-edition devotional album, Christ Is My Hope, on their own Innocence imprint; in 2001, the group moved to What Are Records? for Small Planes, which featured some songs from the Birds of My Neighborhood sessions that didn't make it onto that album. Befriended arrived in 2003 on the Badman label, followed in 2004 by a collection of lullabies and traditional works called Now the Day Is Over. The group's ninth and tenth studio albums, We Walked in Song and My Room in the Trees, arrived in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Following the release of My Room in the Trees, the Innocence Mission was put on hold as Karen Peris released her first solo album, Violet, in 2012. The band would later re-emerge in 2015 on the Minneapolis-based Korda label, which released their 11th studio effort, Hello I Feel the Same. They would follow with an online-only EP titled The Snow on Pi Day in 2017 and their 12th studio effort, Sun on the Square, in 2018. ~ Steve Huey

Lancaster, PA