The Loudest Sound Ever Heard by The Choir on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About The Choir

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 and Lyricon player Dan Michael and bass player Tim Chandler, the band spent its early days infusing its signature blend of shoegaze, soaring alt-rock, and melodic psych-pop with a spiritual core. Prolific and critically lauded, but unable to bridge the gap (financially) between CCM and the mainstream -- successful faith-based alt-rockers such as Jars of Clay, Switchfoot, and Sixpence None the Richer cite the Choir as a significant influence -- the band considered closing up shop in 1996, shortly after relocating to Nashville and releasing its ninth studio album, Free Flying Soul. Wisely, they chose to stick it out and landed a Grammy Award nomination for 2000s independently released Flap Your Wings, which led to successful subsequent recordings like O How the Mighty Have Fallen (2005), Burning Like the Midnight Sun (2010), The Loudest Sound Ever Heard (2012), and Shadow Weaver (2014), the latter of which saw the group moving in a more secular direction. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • FORMED
    1984

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