The Three Suns

Lead, Kindly Light

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The Three Suns delve into religious music on Lead, Kindly Light, a collection of 12 hymns presented in instrumental arrangements centered around the organ. The Three Suns' arrangements are often inventive, and Lead, Kindly Light is no exception, although their unique touch is easier to miss in the context of somber church music. "Nearer, My God, to Thee" is typical: the piece begins with a brief introduction on the bells, followed by organ chords that recede as the bells return to assert the main melody; then, a music box interlude resolves into a return to the organ and finally, a reprise of the bells. Unlike many of the Three Suns' other albums, the instrumental palette is severely limited, mainly to those instruments described above, which results in an uncharacteristic sameness throughout. The seriousness of the material may have prompted the Suns to adopt such a reductionist approach, but listeners who are not enamored with church music and the sound of the organ will find Lead, Kindly Light monotonous and dreary.