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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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Another CD hit out of the park!

This song is fantastic from the opening guitar lines of "Strange Girl" to the fade out Lyricon and guitar effect in "After All". I have been following The Choir's career since the "Voices in Shadow" album of the 80's until the present and can say this album is one of their best so far, followed closely by Flap your Wings and De-Plumed". If you are a fan of alternative music,this is a must-have album!

One of Their Best

This album has grown on me faster than nearly any other Choir album. I keep replaying it over and over. I keep discovering new things I like. It has remnants of many of my past favorite albums. I love the duet with Leigh Nash at the end and how they worked that one from Derri's solo project. By the way, if you enjoy the story-behind-the-song, get your hands on the commentary album that accompanies this one. It's a real treat!

~ not the loudest sound from the Choir ~

The Choir soared above the rest of Christian pop (and other Alt bands of the time, except for their buds the 77s) in the 1980s and 1990s, but they've matured and, sadly, mellowed with age. Long-gone are the walls of distortion and guitar-pedal effects from albums like Circle Slide and Chase the Kangaroo (dare I compare that gem to Pink Floyd's "The Wall"... yes, I dare). The appreciation and accolades that Hindalong & Company have had in recent years with mellower songs and worship-friendly tunes seems to set them on a path away from their dissonant roots, and it is a success that is much-deserved... but honestly, though I may be stuck in the 80s, their work from that era transcends time and is still their best. If you are interested in hearing heart-felt lyrics and clean audio production that could fit well on current pop radio (or even something like a tender television drama such as Parenthood), then this and the previous two albums is for you. If you prefer music that is more left-of-center and takes musical chances that aren't for everyone, dig deeper into their catalog for true hidden gems.


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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