Richard McGraw | Her Sacred Status, My Militant Needs

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Her Sacred Status, My Militant Needs

by Richard McGraw

Trained in the Lyrical School of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan; If you like Elliott Smith, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Neil Young; Belle and Sebastian; John Cale, Will Oldham, Cat Stevens, Nick Drake, Fabrizio de Andre
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Judas Disguise
3:30 $0.99
2. Leaving You Forever
2:33 $0.99
3. Plans to Escape My Programmed Heart
1:54 $0.99
4. Sidetracked
3:36 $0.99
5. A Poem/confession
4:15 $0.99
6. The Currency of Labor and Demand
2:56 $0.99
7. These Wholes in My Body On South Street
3:42 $0.99
8. Newburgh
2:44 $0.99
9. Following Love
3:49 $0.99
10. Her Sacred Status...
2:44 $0.99
11. The Golden Crucifix Vs. the Weight Complexity
2:55 $0.99
12. In My Heart
1:37 $0.99
13. The Wealth of My Position
3:20 $0.99
14. No More
2:16 $0.99
15. Prophet Song
3:25 $0.99
16. Sympathy for the Pervert
0:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Finalist 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest

"McGraw generates an arresting sound,
packed with feeling and meaning."
-Performing Songwriter Magazine



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Bob Dylan without the politics; A less stoic Leonard Cohen; Billy Joel minus the bull; Cat Stevens without dogmatic leanings; Neil Young without the bad albums; Bruce Springsteen without socialism; Neil Diamond without cheese; Good atheism wraped in clever folk.

Michael Jurkovic/ Rythm And News

"Here's a neat twist: A literate and trend defying signer/songwriter at play in the Leonard Cohen playground. Using language as intelligently as he uses his guitar and creating a sense of immediacy and reflection with his subtle arrangements, McGraw accomplishes what the greater majority of his peers consistently fail to do -challenging you to listen and think about what he's saying.
The 16 songs are assembled as suites, with "Intro" offering the bold and introspective "Judas Disguise." Other songs I found myself returning to are "These Wholes in My Body On South Street," Leaving You Forever," and "Her Sacred Status."
With a voice somewhere between Phil Ochs and Eric Andersen, You'll be htting the replay button, too.

Independentsongwriter's Indie Pick of the Month September 2002

Andy Wirtanen 

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This CD is a departure from what I normally review on Indulged, but this guy definitely deserves some recognition. Richard McGraw is a 25 year-old singer-songwriter based in Queens who quit graduate school to record this CD. So, that's one reason why you should check this guy out right there. This may be considered Christian music, and that's one problem that can either be quickly ignored or acknowledged (whatever one prefers).

Her Sacred Status, My Militant Needs makes me wonder what is so great about Dashboard Confessional, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, and all other solo musicians. Richard should be right up there with them, considering he's probably twice as intelligent and talented, and he's "completed a handgun safety course." If Richard killed John Mayer and Jack Johnson, then maybe his music would be heard. But, that wouldn't be very Christian I'm guessing. At least it'd be done safely.

Richard's music immediately reminded me of Radiohead (The Bends or OK Computer) and Live (The Distance To Here and whatever their new album is called). There's also a hint of Peter, Paul and Mary in some of the story-telling songs. My favorite tunes are "A Poem/Confession" and "Newburgh."

Rating: 4/5 (08.27.02)


Richard McGraw is amazing!
I cannot help but to feel profoundly touched by the degree of honest and raw human emotion revealed in Rich McGraw's music. He holds an incredible gift of taking the contemplation of his own heart and deep hurts, and expressing it so my own heart breaks every time I listen to these songs. I'm certain there is not one person out there who cannot find something in his music that strikes deep chords. Anyone who has loved or wanted love and looked into themselves as well can appreciate this extremely talented musician's tales of struggles and reflection as much as I do.

Peter Saltieri

Accolades in Profusion- The Just Response
McGraw is a potential savior to all true men and a receptacle of hope for women with hearts disillusioned. This songwriter is no pornographer of modern music. His work envelopes the transcendent, subsuming it in a package which enables visceral palpability of his emotion and renders delcitely intricate and poignant lyrical imagery in the subjective space of the listener. The integrity of his music is, in all sincerity, unparalleled today. It is refined, sophisticated, and original- and that is just the beginning.


Jeff Klein

A Beautiful Record
A lyrically smart journey into the psyche of the heart-on-sleeve love junkie. Reading the songs in the booklet alone is worth the purchase, let alone listening. A valiant debut.

Steve Israel/middletown Record

Local Album of the Week: Her Sacred Status....
"This album by Richard McGraw is as grand, rich and beguiling as its title. It’s also as complicated as his town, Newburgh. In an anguished, yearning voice that often recalls of a deeper Rufus Wainwright, McGraw sings of a “Judas Disguise” and “Hollywood thighs”. He laments, “You can see these scars and these wounds up close/These holes in my body on South Street.” And even though the instrumentation by drummer Joe Strack, violinist Larry Packer and keyboardist Zoe B. Zak, is spare, the music sounds big. That’s because McGraw’s lyrics run so deep.”


September 18, 2003 Review
This New Yorker (Queens, baby!) gave us one open and honest invitation to Christian love and lust, personal believes and doubts. ‘Her Sacred Status My Militant Needs’ is truly delicate piece of work, striving to put author’s message across. I got it!

Neil Scott

In comparison to Stellar Tuesday, Richard McGraw’s Her Sacred Status, My Militant Needs is a work of sublime genius. After more reflection, he is revealed to be an intriguing singer/songwriter whose simple-but-effective acoustic guitar and vocals is backed with great subtlety. The usual solo acoustic introspection sounds fresh simply because McGraw has incorporated a complete lyrical vision that displays a lifetime’s thinking about religion (Christ) and doubt and love (he was, after all, a philosophy student). There isn’t quite enough variety for 16 songs, but a 4 part concept album is bound to have some lulls. Best song? ‘The Golden Crucifix vs. The Weight Complexity.’
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