S. A. Anderson

Livin' By the Spirit

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This album is a refreshing change from many Christian-inspired works, as it is all instrumental, and so celebrates and shares the merits of the artist's faith without being the least bit preachy. Secular listeners will appreciate this, and it benefits the artist by broadening his appeal to members of other faiths as well. Anderson also makes the several of the instruments he plays, so he's multi-talented. The original selections Anderson has composed are skillfully and lovingly performed on flute, assorted strings, keyboards, percussion, and Scottish small pipes. Those pipes give a very distinct sound and rhythm to the upbeat, catchy tune "The Wild Thistle." This one of the standouts, and well meriting repeat play. The title song is also quite listenable -- very rhythmic and pleasant. There's some enjoyable accordion work on the melancholy "Road to Calvary" and "Kesiah (In Your Presence)." "Keeping the Fire Lit" is also an ear-pleasing jig threaded through with pennywhistle and supported by guitar and bodhran. In all, it's an engaging addition to the field of original Celtic music, and fans will be waiting to hear what Anderson composes next on his beautifully crafted instruments.