Courtney Jaye — „Hymns And Hallelucinations“ (May 20, 2022)

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⌊   Ne vždy dokážu udělat čokoládu z duchovních textů na albu, ale určitě jsou zajímavé a dodávají písním na albu zvláštní rozměr navíc. Pro jistotu jsem zkontroloval předchozí alba Courtney Jaye (digitálně) a toto mě rozhodně nezklamalo. Ovšem dělají se mnou mnohem méně než fešácké Hymns And Hallelucinations, které po poněkud váhavém začátku stále roste. Je vtíravější. Byl to Isaiah „Ikey“ Owens, klávesista skupiny The Mars Volta a Jack White, kdo kdysi inspiroval Courtney Jaye k vytvoření tohoto alba. Téměř osm let po jeho smrti skutečně vyšla tato specialitka. 
⌊   „Musela jsem projít spoustou šílených sraček a mnoha zážitky blízkými smrti — osobně, umělecky i profesionálně — abych zjistila, kdo skutečně jsem,“ říká Jaye. „Doufám, že album některým lidem ušetří potíže.“ Deset písní na Hymns and Hallelucinations kombinuje klenoucí se vzletnou chválu křičících spirituálů — „halelujah“ — s překvapivě jasnými a objevnými vhledy do sebe a světa, které otevírají duši transcendenci: „halelucinace“. Operní vokály Courtney Jaye vřele zvou posluchače, aby ji doprovázel na její cestě.
Location: Kaua’i, Hawaii/Los Angeles
Album release: May 20, 2022
Record Label: Tropicali Records
Duration:     32:23
Tracks:
01. The Kingdom Is Inside of Me   4:36
02. Hymns and Hallelucinations   3:25
03. Three  2:51
04. Let There Be Light   3:02
05. Rise Like the Spirit   3:09
06. Deep Six   3:13
07. Take It Up With the Lord   3:05
08. Just Say Yes   2:07
09. Unknown Companion   3:40  
10. The Grand Finale   3:15
Musicians: William Tyler (guitar), Jack Lawrence (bass), Loney John Hutchins (keys), Mikaela Davis (harp), Luke Schneider (pedal steel) and Austin Hoke (cello).
Credits:
⌊  All songs written by: Courtney Jaye and Kenny Childers
⌊  Recorded at: 444 Studios in Nashville, Tennessee
⌊  Produced by: Courtney Jaye
⌊  Musical Director: William Tyler
⌊  Engineered by: Taylor Nyquist
⌊  Mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora Recording and Playback in Portland, Oregon
⌊  Assistant Engineer: Cole Halvorsen
⌊  Mastered by: Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound Studios in NYC

Review
Henry Carrigan ⌊  MAY 19, 2022 ⌋: 
⌊  Gentle guitars eddy under Courtney Jaye’s soaring vocals on “The Kingdom is Inside of Me,” the opening track of Hymns and Hallelucinations, her stunning new album. Climbing from a soothing lullaby to a resounding operatic embrace of the darkness and light of the soul, the song serves as invocation to Jaye’s cinematic spiritual journey. The 10 songs move through the stages of Jaye’s pilgrimage, from “the awakening” and “the journey” to “death” and “rebirth.”
⌊  The minor~chord title track shines with the hallucinatory quality of a dream, Jaye’s vocals floating over spiraling guitar strums to move from self~doubt and fear — of self and the judgment of the world — to an exclamation at the song’s close: “Through it all I walk alone / My love is mine / My love is strong / I am not done / I am not gone / I’m right where I belong.”
⌊  There’s a hint of Lesley Gore in “Three,” a shimmering soul ballad on which Jaye’s vocals escalate over the musical conversation between sparkling guitar vibrato and wailing B3 strains. The song cannily plays on the legendary period of three days or three years that in many religious stories follows a call or a death: “Three years since it happened / Three years waking up / Oh three years, look who I’ve become.” The hypnotic, down~to~the~bone, seductive “Rise Like the Spirit” uncovers the intimate interplay between the sensual and the spiritual, reminding us that sexual awakening opens the door to spiritual awakening: “You gotta rise like the spirit / You gotta let your body feel it / And move / You gotta rise like the spirit / You know the rhythm of the Maker is in you.”
⌊  The bright “Take It Up With the Lord” proclaims the death of a mind~numbing judgmental religious way of life that Jaye leaves behind as she sets out to be reborn into a spiritually liberating affirmation of the world, self, and others. She delivers her gospel shout of rebirth on the a cappella “Just Say Yes,” replete with a chorus of hand claps and call~and~response background vocals.
⌊  The 10 songs on Hymns and Hallelucinations combine the arching, soaring praise of a shouting spiritual — a “hallelujah” — with the startlingly lucid revelatory insights about self and world that break open the soul to transcendence: “hallelucinations.” Jaye’s operatic vocals warmly invite the listener to accompany her on her journey. —  No Depression
⌊  https://www.nodepression.com/album-reviews/album-review-courtney-jaye-shares-a-bold-spiritual-vision-on-hymns-and-hallelucinations/
By Ben Trivett ⌊ May 20, 2022 08:15 PM ⌋ : 
https://people.com/music/courtney-jaye-releases-hymns-and-hallelucinations/
By Michael Major Mar. 29, 2022: 
https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Courtney-Jaye-Releases-Part-Two-The-Journey-From-Upcoming-Album-20220329
By GGM Staff ⌊ March 30, 2022:
https://guitargirlmag.com/news/music-news/acclaimed-songwriter-courtney-jaye-releases-part-two-the-journey-from-upcoming-album-and-short-film-hymns-and-hallelucinations-feat-the-raconteurs-william-tyler-and-more/
Erwin Zijleman ⌊ May 27, 2022 ⌋ Score: 4/5 
https://www.musicmeter.nl/album/840715
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