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The Gray Havens – Fire and Stone

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The Gray Havens
Fire and Stone

The Gray Havens are a husband and wife team duo and their sound is described as “folk-pop” that draws influences from authors C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Jonathan Edwards.

I have had the pleasure of listening to “Fire and Stone” for several months now, nine months to be exact. I’m not sure what held up the actual release date, but I kept checking the Gray Havens’ website for updates and I see now that it’s release has been deemed “official” this past January.

The fact that I’ve listened to it this long though has some significance. I typically have a month or two to listen to a CD and then write a review and move on to the next. Over the course of the year, I could potentially write close to a 100 reviews, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for truly enjoying them over time. So in some ways, the delayed release has given me an opportunity to listen to “Fire and Stone” for a prolonged period of time.

You would think then that having that much time to “review” a project I would have plenty of lofty words to describe it. However, it’s not like that at all. “Fire and Stone” is not a complicated album that needs to be described in lofty words; it’s a modest release that’s full of melodic vocals, a rhythmic soundtrack, and poetic lyrics. It is an artistic tapestry of music, praise, and glorification of God’s redemptive process in our lives.

And being modest does not mean being simple, while the music is “easy listening,” it is not easy reading. Like their influences, there is plenty of depth to go along with the artistry.

Check out http://www.thegrayhavensmusic.com/ for more information, tour dates and videos from “Fire and Stone.”

– Ken W.

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