Gungor: Ghosts Upon The Earth Album Review
I first heard of Michael Gungor when I was attending Liberty University and he was an unknown. He had me hooked almost instantly. When the man played guitar I was captivated (especially Doxology) and he and his band still continues to do this to me. He and his cadre of band members recently came out with a new album titled Ghosts Upon The Earth. If you don’t feel like reading any further know this..JUST GO BUY IT. It really is that good.
Most people became aware of Gungor when their last album Beautiful Things hit and that album was a smash. It is a hard act to follow but I love the way that these guys have done it! If I had to describe this album it would be…epically sweeping. It ebbs and flows through honest emotions and uplifting arrangements. It is not just the arrangement of songs that sound good but there is an actual story going on throughout each track and each is unique in the instruments that it uses (for instance flutes and other instruments you haven’t thought of since grammar school). The album is a balance of the beauty of creation as well as the back and forth between the love affair that God has with His creation and in turn our response to Him, both good and bad.
Tracks like Church Bells and Brother Moon may be the only ones that I would think might ever be played on the radio but instead more of an experiment; I love that about this album. It’s more a testament to the fact that sometimes the message of the music is more important than album CCM rankings! Others such as Wake Up Sleeper speak to the current state of the Church in society as it is now.
It’s hard to pick out “must listen!” tracks on this album because any one song (while good) doesn’t have the same weight without the album as a whole. But here they are..my favs:
- This is not the End: Gives hope for the life after this!
- Crags and Clay: a beautiful story of Creation and Majesty
- When Death Dies: speaks to the glory that we shall recieve when death dies
- Ezekiel: an anthem as the the current state of the church (similar to this recent post!)
That said, this album is not something that you want to listen to lightly but instead lean back and remove the other distractions and just listen and enjoy. It seems to make you lose track of time and is fulfilling. Gungor has really outdone themselves and they are beginning to remind me of another band that I absolutely love; the David Crowder Band. That band also seems to reinvent and push their sound and song writing abilities with each record. I’m sure that this is a skill that will be honed even further as they are currently touring the land together on the 7 Tour.
In short YOU REALLY SHOULD Go and get this!
Gungor can be found here: http://gungormusic.com/