No Man’s Land is a new album from long time Christian music and Indie-folk producer Charlie Peacock, working with the likes of Amy Grant, Switchfoot and The Civil Wars. I remember first hearing of him back when I first got into Christian pop back in the late 80’s. It turns out he has released no fewer than 18 albums himself over his career.
I happened upon this Sampler via my current favorite music discovery machine, Noisetrade. It contains 9 tracks – 2 from his new No Man’s Land, 3 acoustic tracks released just on Noisetrade, and 4 instrumental big band jazz pieces. It was however, one of the acoustic tracks that really caught my ear.
In the Light was a hit for the Christian RnB group DC Talk back in the 90’s – turns out it was co-written by Peacock. This version with guitar and mandolin and slap-back echo on the vocals blew me away. It may be the best blues/grass track I’ve ever heard – haunting and rocking at the same time. Worth the price of admission by itself.
The remaining 4 sung pieces are in a similar vein – largely acoustic, wholly bluesy. Big Man’s Hat especially does a good job using the metaphor of a boy wearing an oversized grown-up hat to explain all his bad decisions.
The 4 jazz songs are in a rollicking, barrelhouse style. The juxtaposition of the two styles seems somewhat odd, but that’s not too unusual in a sampler. I like them all in their own contexts, but if you only like half the tracks, that’s the beauty of Noisetrade – just pay what it’s worth to you.
Either way, I think it’s worth checking out.