11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known in the Christian-music world as a producer and songwriter, Aaron Sprinkle has also distinguished himself as a singer/songwriter and collaborator with the band Fair. Water & Guns finds him returning to solo recording with a batch of tunes noteworthy for their poetic, spiritually insightful lyrics and eclectic production approach. Much like Charlie Peacock or Todd Rundgren, Sprinkle can combine an introspective, somewhat quirky bent with a natural flair for pop accessibility. God is a constant presence in his music, though touched upon indirectly at times. A yearning pilgrim’s outlook comes through in tracks like “Giving Up the Gun,” “Whisper Something," and “Washboard Road,” enhanced by Sprinkle’s dreamy vocal demeanor. The album’s sometimes-veiled confessions are given greater definition by an appealing blend of acoustic and electronic elements, ranging from the wide-eyed bounce of “Alright” to the sleek folk/soul blending of “River & Lead” and the synthesized simmer of “Turn Around.” Beneath the cool veneer is an ardent faith that testifies rather than preaches. It's all heartfelt and expertly rendered.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known in the Christian-music world as a producer and songwriter, Aaron Sprinkle has also distinguished himself as a singer/songwriter and collaborator with the band Fair. Water & Guns finds him returning to solo recording with a batch of tunes noteworthy for their poetic, spiritually insightful lyrics and eclectic production approach. Much like Charlie Peacock or Todd Rundgren, Sprinkle can combine an introspective, somewhat quirky bent with a natural flair for pop accessibility. God is a constant presence in his music, though touched upon indirectly at times. A yearning pilgrim’s outlook comes through in tracks like “Giving Up the Gun,” “Whisper Something," and “Washboard Road,” enhanced by Sprinkle’s dreamy vocal demeanor. The album’s sometimes-veiled confessions are given greater definition by an appealing blend of acoustic and electronic elements, ranging from the wide-eyed bounce of “Alright” to the sleek folk/soul blending of “River & Lead” and the synthesized simmer of “Turn Around.” Beneath the cool veneer is an ardent faith that testifies rather than preaches. It's all heartfelt and expertly rendered.

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