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by Sweet Honey in the Rock

Four-part female a cappella vocals take flight on a mixture of soul, jazz, blues, spirituals, folk, and African chants.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Somebody Prayed for Me
3:50 album only
2. The Living Waters
7:30 album only
3. I Don't Want No Trouble at the River (Featuring "When Great Trees Fall")
6:51 album only
4. A Prayer for the World: Song 23
4:12 album only
5. This Place Inside Where I Can Rest
3:20 album only
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
5:01 album only
7. Oh, Sankofa
5:24 album only
8. Second Line Blues
4:07 album only
9. Wholy Holy
5:40 album only
10. Same Ol', Same Ol' Blues
5:47 album only
11. Idk, But I'm Lol!
4:16 album only
12. Operator/Jesus on the Mainline/I Don't Know What You Come to Do
4:56 album only
13. Sweet Sweet Honey!
3:17 album only
14. We Have Come This Far by Faith
1:24 album only


Album Notes
Since 1973, this female African-American a cappella group has created and applied a unique mixture of of soul, jazz, blues, spirituals, folk, and African chants, and applied it to their many original songs, as well as some popular standards. The group's material reflects their positive attitude regarding people's ability to improve themselves and the world around them, and a spirit of hope and faith. Sweet Honey In The Rock also uses their music to confront racism, violence, and the need for environmental consciousness.
The overall theme of the fourteen songs on "#LoveInEvolution" is hardly concealed. There are exuberant calls to enjoy life’s bright moments amidst its chaos (the group-written single, “IDK, But I’m LOL!”), SWEET HONEY’s celebration of its own longevity (the joyous “Sweet Sweet Honey”), the soothing “This Place Inside Where I Can Rest”). But to confront the urgent, ongoing need for societal and environment peace, the group looks life in the eye on fervent, heartbreaking original compositions such as “Second Line Blues” and “Oh, Sankofa,” rollcalls of race-related riots and their victims. The traditional gospel song, “I Don’t Want No Trouble at the River,” dedicated here to the nine murdered victims of a hate crime at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015, is infused with a poem by the late Dr. Maya Angelou, “When Great Trees Fall,” which reminds us that, after great spirits pass, “we can be, and be better, for they existed.” Marvin Gaye’s landmark 1971 album, What’s Going On, is the source of both “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” and “Wholy Holy,” twin messages of the need for universal consciousness, supplement group member Aisha Kahlil’s “The Living Waters” (“Who killed the . . ?”). The group's voices are sweet, but their messages are strong and inspirational.



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