Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Point of Arrival

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Point of Arrival

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THE POINT OF ARRIVAL Carrie Newcomer (Available Light Records, 2019)

In reviewing Carrie Newcomer's new album, The Point of Arrival, I want to make clear my bias. What is marketed as spiritual (even progressive spiritual) music generally turns me off. Call me a snob, but often spiritual music comes off as sanctimonious and lacking in musical depth. The Point of Arrival, Newcomer's 16th album, not only avoids these pitfalls but also sincerely delivers a solid, thought-provoking, poetic album.

Newcomer's spiritual practice as a Quaker is evidenced in her mingling of God and the everyday. There is a touch of fellow Quaker Emily Dickinson in Newcomer's lyrics, a fact that elevates the album. In "Everything We Need," she sings, "I pressed my palm, tree after tree / To feel the weight of time / The light came down in silver threads / All mixed with rain and pine."

The album is concerned with the transitive nature of our lives and how we fumble through grief and growth impatiently. …

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