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Editors’ Notes

Sixteen years after “I Believe” broke big on American radio, Blessid Union of Souls reconnect with their spiritual strengths on The Mission Field. While gospel elements have always underpinned the Cincinnati-based group’s soul/pop sound, their latest release puts Christian faith front and center in nearly every track. Lead singer and chief songwriter Eliot Sloan keeps the emphasis on hope and redemption here while acknowledging (especially in “I Still Believe In Love”) the unavoidable heartaches of the mortal world. Pristine piano lines and swelling strings are wrapped around melodies that draw upon traditional hymns (the title track) and classic pop (“Pray for You”) for inspiration. Eliot and his bandmates brighten things up with “Miracles” (a celebration of God’s everyday presence set to a bubbly tune) and “The Only Song” (a praise number riding a light funk groove). Compassion is the keynote for songs like “Hold On” and “Come Undone,” conveyed by Eliot’s yearning vocals. The dramatic waltz “Back from the Dead” is an anthem of renewal.

Customer Reviews

Welcome back...WOW...

Was listening through clips to choose one...then a couple...a few...just get it all... I love the lyrics...they shine...honestly...from the heart. From pop love lyrics to the deeper meaning of it Catchy is catchy...applause to the band and to THE ONE they sing for and to.

Michael Dorsett

Downloading right now, so I haven't listened yet but if it's Blessid... It's gotta be good :-)

The wait is over...

So glad that the wait is over and I finally have the music in my hands! Love the entire album and have shared with friends who are now playing the music for their friends and families. With catchy songs that will brighten your day and put a skip in your step, you'll be delighted to add this to your music collection. Blessed are Blessid Union of Souls and the words behind their songs that remind us of the depth of God's love for us all.


Formed: 1990 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With their optimistic, spiritual outlook and song-oriented mix of pop, R&B, and folk — dubbed "rural soul" by the band — Blessid Union of Souls quickly became one of the most popular bands in the post-Hootie & the Blowfish adult alternative radio format in the mid-'90s. Their...
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