Amps for Christ

Thorny Path

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The concept behind Amps for Christ is this: its members play acoustic instruments, woodwinds, and organs, but process them electronically into a strange, highly distorted mid-range murk. This creates a very interesting mess -- most of the sounds on Thorny Path seem like they'd be fascinating in the context of a more direct album, but they become a bit trying by themselves; the album is the sort of experiment that could be brilliant but isn't particularly listenable. Occasionally, the sound opens up into some pleasant acoustics -- a strange blend of Appalachian, Scottish, and Eastern folk music -- but not very often. The band's work with Two Ambiguous Figures deals with the same concept, but ends up far more listenable.

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