by Spirit of the West


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The veteran band Spirit of the West (this is their sixth release) goes for more of a rock edge with Faithlift. It's an evolution not unlike fellow Canadians Blue Rodeo. The act still injects a healthy does of Celtic influences, though, on songs like the sprightly "Sadness Grows" or the lazy "Sincerely Yours." Lead singer John Mann's lyrics are amusing, insightful and, yet, down to earth. He's adept at writing dark moody pieces like "Bone of Contention" or "Mum's the Word." The latter is a somewhat jarring track, featuring the clever, heartbreaking lyrical twist on the song's title and a tortured guitar solo from Hugh McMillan. Mann also shines on lighter fare like the sweetly romantic "And If Venice Is Sinking" with the music building to a joyous, horn-tinged stomp and a lovely singalong on the final chorus. Literate and melodic, Faithlift is worth a listen for listeners who appreciate a healthy dose of substance but want some pop-sense style, as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2017
Label: Linus
UPC: 0045099364220
catalogNumber: 93642
Rank: 29412

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spirit of the West   Primary Artist
Ben Webster   Choir, Chorus
Paul Baron   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Anne Bourne   Voices
Vince Ditrich   Percussion,Group Member
Bill Kelly   Choir, Chorus
Sue Leonard   Choir, Chorus
Hugh McMillan   Synthesizer,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar,Chapman Stick,Vocal Horns,Group Member
Michael Phillip Wojewoda   Percussion,Strings,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Horns
Ian Putz   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Richard Sera   Choir, Chorus
Linda McRae   Bass,Accordion,Vocals,Group Member
Alison Kelly   Choir, Chorus
John Mann   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Adua Porteous   Choir, Chorus
Peggy Lee   Cello
Neil Nicholson   Trombone,Tuba
Sheila MacDonald   Violin
Jim Mann   Choir, Chorus
Julie McGeer   Choir, Chorus
Geoffrey Kelly   Flute,Guitar,Vocals,Bodhran,Group Member
Helen Kelly   Choir, Chorus
Rob Mann   Choir, Chorus
Maeve Kelly   Choir, Chorus
Jill Daumann   Choir, Chorus
Harlan Daumann   Choir, Chorus
Hattie Daumann   Choir, Chorus
Dennis Henderson   Choir, Chorus
Dan Danger   Choir, Chorus
Candace MacPherson   Choir, Chorus
Kevin Dubois   Choir, Chorus
Erian Baxter   Choir, Chorus
Naomi Mann   Choir, Chorus
Perry Sanche   Choir, Chorus
Carrie Candido   Choir, Chorus
Lia Candido   Choir, Chorus
Elke Brandstatter   Choir, Chorus
Warwick Driscoll   Choir, Chorus
John B Webster   Choir, Chorus
Russ Schindel   Choir, Chorus
Dena Corby   Choir, Chorus
Cindy Gauthier   Choir, Chorus
Barb Fraser   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Spirit of the West   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Thomas Mann   Composer
Hugh McMillan   Arranger
Michael Phillip Wojewoda   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Greg Reely   Producer,Engineer
Geoffrey Kelly   Composer,Whistle
Marty Dolan   Art Direction,Illustrations
Odette Slater   Cover Model
Mandy Williams   Cover Photo,Insert
Jacqueline Verkley   Layout

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