I don’t know about you, but the thought of attempting to write an entire album, not just an EP or a couple of singles, but an entire full-length, 12-song album, thematically based around the writings of C.S. Lewis would frankly be unthinkable to me. If you’re familiar with Lewis, you may understand what I’m talking about. Perhaps writing a song or two about Narnia, or about Perelandra would be feasible, but to write a song based on The Great Divorce, or The Problem of Pain, or Surprised By Joy or his classic and perhaps greatest essay The Weight of Glory, would be something else entirely. Somehow, Heath McNease pulls it off. In fact, he more than pulls it off, this may be my favourite album of 2012.

It’s up against some heavy hitters too, to my mind. Considering Andrew Peterson’s 2012 effort Light For the Lost Boy, or Andy Osenga’s most recent full-

length release Leonard the Lonely Astronaut,

I would put McNease’s The Weight of Glory right up alongside these in terms of its musicianship, lyrical creativity and intelligibility, and album scope.

There is not one moment on The Weight of Glory where the listener feels like they are hearing the same thing over again. Each song is masterfully crafted both musically and lyrically. And instead of simply taking a catch phrase of book title and then throwing some esoteric words around it, McNease does a spectacular job of binding these stories together in a poignant yet accessible way. You can almost hear Lewis at moments, especially in A Grief Observed and Perelandra, both almost brought me to tears.

Give this one a try, you will not be disappointed. The Best Album of 2012? That’s for you to decide, but you can be sure The Weight of Glory by Heath McNease does not disappoint. Download it for free from Noisetrade!

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