The Olympic Symphonium - More In Sorrow Than In Anger

More In Sorrow Than In Anger is a collection of 10 deceptively simple songs about relationships. The lyrics are simple—often almost to a fault—but contemplative and sincere. Themes of community and being together permeate the album, even going so far as to allude to the Christian sacrament of the eucharist, or communion (“I don’t intend to raise my glass alone/I don’t intend to break bread alone”), on the ultra-catchy standout track, “Intentions Alone.” The band is joined by several guest musicians including singer-songwriters Jenn Grant and Catherine MacLellen, who provide gorgeous harmonies on several songs. The more I listen, the more I like this CD. Standout track: the country-tinged “Blood from a Stone,” which showcases the pedal steel talent of Cuff the Duke’s Dale Murray—another of the bands eclectic guest musicians.

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Published in Volume 63, Number 16 of The Uniter (January 15, 2009)

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