The 77s

Echoes o' Faith

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This live release issued through the band's fan club serves the dual ends of providing a concert album as well as a greatest-hits collection. Recorded at the church from whence it derives its name, Echoes o' Faith is a marvelous cross section of the band's career to this point, and the largely acoustic setting is a stunning complement to Roe's sterling songcraft. Particularly gripping are the live renditions of pop gems "Nowhere Else and "The Rain Kept Falling in Love," which glisten with new light and life. Following the horribly overwrought Drowning With Land in Sight, Echoes o' Faith is a reminder of what a gifted songwriter Roe can be when he is not bludgeoning his talent into the ground with murky blues riffs and unnecessary wattage. The songs are airy and graceful, and decade-old songs like "Ba Ba Ba Ba" and "Caught in an Unguarded Moment" are granted new vitality. Echoes also acts as a fine bookend to the band's other live release, 88, concentrating on melodic material where that record indulged the group's penchant for rockabilly.

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