Ben Shive: “The Cymbal Crashing Clouds”
Something a little bit different today: Ben Shive is a member of the Square Peg Alliance, a collective of Nashville-based folk singers and songwriters; his new album is anything but coffee-shop fare, however. It’s a lush exercise in Sgt. Pepper pop sophistication, and an homage to the harmonies of Brian Wilson and Co. It also reminds me, in some striking ways, of the kind of whimsical, cartoony pop Andrew Bird perfected on The Mysterious Production of Eggs. Now factor in songwriting that expresses Christian faith in a highly imaginative and literate fashion and you’ve got a really lovely record; my review is posted over at CT.