Editors’ Notes Sandra McCracken’s perceptive, emotionally resonant music takes a leap forward on Desire Like Dynamite. The Nashville-based singer/songwriter delves into themes of Christian faith with a rare sensitivity and intelligence, inviting comparisons with the likes of Patty Griffin and Jonatha Brooke. Her latest album’s sonic approach is far-ranging, playing warm acoustic guitars against quirky techno sounds, tasty horn embellishments, and unexpected rhythms. McCracken’s vocals convey a melancholy sweetness with a hint of wry, Aimee Mann–like world-weariness as she parses the struggles of the ordinary believer. From the jittery marching tempo of “Go” to the ‘50s-accented waltz time of “Gridlock” and the wistful folk balladry of “Fall on Me" (a duet with husband Derek Webb), the album goes for a rich, slightly downbeat sound that reflects the lyrics' thoughtful content. Songs like “Hourglass” and “First Things First” ask deep spiritual questions without descending into preachiness. “Sweet Amelia” celebrates a child's adoption with an achingly joyful tune. McCracken’s vividly poetic lyrics and finely wrought melodic sense are consistently in evidence.

SONG
Go
1
3:03
 
Hourglass
2
5:14
 
Dynamite
3
5:16
 
The Wait
4
4:31
 
Redbird
5
4:47
 
Gridlock
6
4:24
 
Forgiveness
7
6:15
 
First Things First
8
4:06
 
Sweet Amelia
9
3:56
 
Fall On Me (feat. Derek Webb)
10
4:29
 
In the Garden
11
4:21
 

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