We Never Asked For This – Good Shepherd Band

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who thought (or their label/manager/agent/girlfriend thought) that it would be a good idea to send us an email saying “like me! like me! like me!” (more or less).

Today’s invitation to critique was hand delivered in the way of a flyer promoting the new album by the Good Shepherd Band.

Christian music gets a bad rap, and most of the time that rap is well deserved.  Often it’s bland, unimaginative and lyrically awful – but it doesn’t have to be.  From Mahalia Jackson to Johnny Cash to The Violent Femmes its been proven that you can sing about God in soulful, intelligent and engaging ways.  Good Shepherd Band don’t reach those lofty heights, but they won’t make you want to renounce your faith either.  For the most part GSB avoids the mega-church house band schtick on Repeat the Sounding Joy, although they do drift into that quagmire of easy listening wallpaper a few times –  but those moments are thankfully few, and instead delivers a grab bag of tastefully diverse genres spanning sparse and haunting singer-songwriter, orchestral indie-pop, folk and even a touch of rockabilly.  Full of smart arrangements and occasional moments of raw beauty, RtSJ is definitely heads and shoulders above most of the Christmas music you’ll hear this season.  I make a mix for my mom every year called Christian Music That Doesn’t Suck for those times I ride in the car with her, as an alternative to Christian radio – which is probably responsible for 95% of all negative attitudes toward Christian music.  This year’s edition will feature more than a few cuts off of RtSJ.  Check out the album here, and one of the strongest cuts below.

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3 Comments to “We Never Asked For This – Good Shepherd Band”

  1. Fantastic stuff!

  2. Thanks for the kind review of our album. “Christian music that doesn’t suck.” I’ll take that! Hope your Mom agrees.

    By the way, you can hear more Christian music that doesn’t suck live at our Christmas Sing-A-Long show, next Friday, December 9th at 7pm @ ClearNote Church (across from Karst Farm Park). Come if you can…

  3. We have the CD and it is excellent. Highly recommended.

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