Chuck Prophet, Soap and Water

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Chuck Prophet is a voracious student of music history. Restless and innovative in the studio, the first three songs on Soap and Water move easily from self-assured, swaggering rock to relaxing folk to a simmering Suicide-esque groove. The rest of the record doesn't skimp on experiments either: along the way strings, the Nashville Methodist Church Children's choir and Stephanie Finch, his wife, all make appearances. But what ties it all together is that sense of history. Prophet's been studying how to bring various elements to his accomplished songwriting for years and he brings it all to bear on Soap and Water.