The Choir, O How The Mighty Have Fallen

Mike McGonigal

By Mike McGonigal

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Slow-burning anthems of love and doubt.

Can you imagine a low-key U2, shorn of the self-important, shouting bombast, leaving only slowly-burning anthems to love and doubt? This Nashville-based trio, together since the mid ’80s, do just that on this 2005 release. With song titles like "Nobody Gets a Smooth Ride,” it's clear that this is not a record with easy answers. The Choir is interested in untangling life's complicated questions; “Terrible Mystery,” for instance, is a romantic song that bemoans a failed relationship. Like their soft-spoken contemporaries Death Cab for Cutie, the Choir deliver sharp insights in gentle tones.