Enoch Train

Set Sail

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The aptly named Set Sail, the second album for Enoch Train, was released while the group traveled with SeaTrek 2001. Listening to this album only underscores the emotions and traditions that came from the pioneers who sailed to America 150 years ago. The faith and the fear, the weeps and the shouts, the ringing of freedom in the ears of those emigrants echo in each song. Hymns are disguised, sometimes as sambas, sometimes as jigs, yet they thread themselves together to weave a colorful collection. Emigrants of old joined hands even though they honored different backgrounds and cultures; Set Sail likewise honors hymns today with a number of beats, instruments, styles, and tones. Arguably the most diverse set of LDS hymns recorded to date, the album lifts off any restrictions of meter. Melodies flow from flute to accordion to string bass in a matter of measures. You may not be able to pronounce the names of all 90 instruments used -- try djembe, itotele, and shakuhachi for starters -- but the single theme is a celebration of the Lord's grace through song. It is a journey in itself to try detecting the hymns lying latent in each tune. "Babylon/Paddy Clyde," the first track, reveals the tune "Ye Elders of Israel" amid a steady ambulation of percussive rhythm. "Seminary Samba" sets the reverent melody of "Because I Have Been Given Much" to a Brazilian groove. At length, the final track interprets the journey from Albert Dock in Liverpool to the New World. If the uniqueness of such offerings does not seem attractive enough, consider Enoch Train's virtuosity. The collaboration of Rich Dixon on guitar, Jay Lawrence on drums, Daron Bradford playing woodwinds, and Romney on accordion is likely not equaled in all of LDS music. Combined with the conspicuous tie to ancestors and an overall feeling of fun that shows itself in their smiles on the front cover, Set Sail is bound for a new world itself. Whether the rest of the modern realm will follow suit remains to be discovered.

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