Welcome Wagon - Welcome to the Welcome Wagon (3 stars)

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Welcome Wagon - Welcome to the Welcome Wagon

(Asthmatic Kitty)

SACRED INDIE FOLK

Taking a break from the absurdly ambitious ‘Fifty States Project’ Sufjan Stevens acts as producer, A&R and spokesperson for this collection of gentle-to-symphonic gospel-folk ditties. The trademark sound and song structure of Illinois dominates the church music of Rev. Aiuto and his wife Monique, indeed the duo could easily be a cover for Stevens to directly address the spirituality at which he has previously been wont to hint. Evidently not. Nor is the traditional rocking chair feel born of good honest toil on the prairie – try Brooklyn and Queens. Nevertheless this is a characteristically lush brace of songs, albeit with fewer zombie references and a whole heap more Jesus.

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